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Glory of khadi in 100 years
The clothes reflect the personality of individuals and can be used as a marker of a group, community, family, region and even country. Khadi is one such cloth that had played a key role in the freedom struggle of India and thus has been referred to as the ‘fabric of Indian independence’, narrate Shruti Gupta, Deepali Rastogi and Ritu Mathur.
Clothing is among the basic amenities required by the 1.2105 billion strong, and growing, population of India. The Indian textile industry, which caters to this need, has an estimated market size of $108 billion. There are two broad segments within the industry, namely the traditional hand-woven and hand-spun textile segments, and the modernised mill segment (Nair & Dhanuraj, 2016).
Khadi sale goes up 33%
Sale of khadi products shot up by 33 per cent to Rs 2,005 crore in the fiscal year 2016-17, from Rs 1,510 crore a year ago. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) said in a statement that it expects to surpass the sales target of Rs 5,000 crore in 2018-19.
Raymond orders Rs 2-crore worth khadi
In a major boost for khadi, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has received its largest bulk order worth over Rs 2 crore from Raymond Ltd for the supply of 98,000 m khadi fabric.