London Show Promotes Mahatma Gandhi’s Khadi Shantanu (left) and Nikhil (right) Walk the Ramp. © Shahid Malik.
Radhakrishna N S
By Amit Roy Indian designers Shantanu & Nikhil last week held a fashion show in London promoting khadi, the homespun cotton fabric once used by Mahatma Gandhi in his struggle for India’s independence. In fact, the theme of the fashion show, which used images of Gandhi and a spinning wheel as a backdrop, was “Independence.” During colonial times, the Brit-ish rulers banned the manufacture of local textiles and instead made it compulsory for Indians to buy imported cotton made in the mills of Lancashire. Gandhi’s response was to urge Indians to boycott “foreign-made textiles” and switch to home spun khadi as part…
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