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The Khadi (Handspun Cotton) Culture

First Online: January 01, 2004
Page Last Updated: May 09, 2017

The handspun cotton, known as Khadi is of special significance to Indians. Gandhi elevated the fragile thread of cotton to  a symbol of strength and self-sufficiency, and to provide employment for the millions during India's freedom struggle, and that symbolism of wearing cloth made by human hands has continued till this day. 

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Gandhiji with his spinning wheel.
Hand-spinning the Way to Freedom

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Gandhian Freedom Fighters
Men in Khadi
For an entire generation in 20th century India, khadi was the only mode of clothing

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Girl Operates Handloom
Girl Operates Handloom

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Swadeshi Memorabilia
Woman makes Khadi
A postcard of 1940s shows a woman making khadi under a bust of Gandhi while attending to child.

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Man in Gandhi Topi
Man in Gandhi Topi
Wearing handspun cotton (khadi) clothes become popular during India's freedom struggle

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