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Homespun cotton, a fabric that became identified with Gandhi. Today, it is both Gandhian and stylish to wear khadi, as outfits made in khadi have found their way into exclusive boutiques as well in addition to the government run outlets for rural handicrafts and textiles. There's even a khadi silk for the elite.

Usage

"Aren't you wearing khadi for the protest march?"
"What? Is that required? Or is it for the TV visuals?"
"Well, it is an unspoken rule, you know, to wear khadi kurtas to demonstrations..."
"Khadi cotton or is khadi silk okay, too?"
"Be sarcastic... it is a free country."
Added 2012-05-09 by oldathai