Khaadi Dress: 5 Facts You Must Know to Get a Stunning Khaadi Dress for yourself.
Khadi is a versatile fabric, it's natural /organic, skin-friendly and chic.
It never goes out of fashion and that's why these tips to make a stunning dress would help you today or someday in planning your wardrobe.
Many people associate a khaadi dress with rough looking Khaddar / rough cloth but the reality of this organic fabric is far from perception.
What is Khaadi - A Magical Fabric !
Before you decide to make yourself a dress out of khadi clothe, it is essential that I tell you a few things about it.
It is a natural and smart fabric, which is skin friendly and eco friendly.
It may or may not be pocket friendly depending on the quality and brand you lay your hands on.
Khaadi is a kind of clothe that is woven from cotton, sometimes silk or wool. The most amazing thing I love about this fabric is - it's warm in winter and cool in summer.
I know you raised your eyebrows when I mentioned Smart Fabric in the introduction of this post but believe me there are many types of Khadi fabrics you can choose from.
Now, with advancements in textile industry, this fabric is also spun mixed with other yarns in different ratios to give it a new look and feel.
- Printed Khadi Silk: Prints on khadi silk are fashion trend now.
- Pure Handwoven Khadi Cotton: This is a combination of pure and 100% khadi fabric and hand-spun yarn.
- Printed Khadi Cotton: Geometric prints and other prints are trending Khadi fabrics.
- Khadi Handloom Fabric: Khadi handloom fabric is a region specific finished fabric such as khadi handloom fabric from Assam and West Bengal.
- Khadi Silk: Khadi Silk is made from a combination of 50% silk and 50% khadi fabric material and is known as Khadi silk.
5 Tips to Get a Stunning Khaadi Dress
1. Remember, it shrinks and it needs care
No matter how good your dress is if it gets two inches shorter in its first wash.
That is the reason, Khadi cotton must be pre-washed before dress making and khadi silk must be dry cleaned.
It is a natural fabric that's why it needs a little care.Dry clean it for a fresh and composed texture especially if it is khadi silk.
Khadi cotton can be hand washed and it gives a beautiful chic appearance if starched well for a stiff look. Before getting your dress stitched, make sure the fabric is shrunk enough.
2. Keep the cuts simple and neat
In the fashion circle, Khadi shows a good participation and designers are enthusiastic to try new ideas and styles with it to promote to classes and masses alike.
Keep the cuts and style of your khadi fabric simple to get a more subtle yet empowering appearance.
Khadi was vastly worn during freedom fighting era as it was spun by individuals at home to promote nationalism in India. It was the fabric which promoted self sustenance even among poorest of the poor and created unity among all classes alike. But now it is the fabric donned by elites.
3. Know the occasion you wear it for
Khadi comes in different textures and thicknesses to be used for different purposes.
It can be used to make all sorts of clothing material. Saris, jackets, shirts, dhotis, suits etc. made from it are very popular but apart from these usages, this fabric is also being experimented in various other ways by new breed of designers.
Therefore, you have a lot many variations but before getting a khadi dress, know your purpose of wearing it. It would add value.
4. Differentiate real khaadi from duplicate.
Right now, the situation is that you don’t find khadi in each and every market.
There are only a few selected outlets, where you can get limited brand options to choose from.
That makes it easier for you to understand the fabric care instructions, mentioned by the brand to follow.
It is a good idea to go for authentic fabric than to buy duplicate clothe and curse it forever. To get a stunning dress, make sure you are buying what you are paying for.
5. Get right type of khaadi for the season.
Considering the comfort and soothing qualities of khadi, it’s worth a search to have it in any wardrobe in summers for coolness and winters for warmth.
Make sure you have khadi cotton for summers and khadi silk for winters.