Comilla’s history has been inextricably connected to Khadi cloth. The fame and glory that the traditional khadi of Comilla, or Khaddar Of Comilla, gained was a result of the anti-British movement. This fabric is internationally recognised as a geographical indicator and well-known for its artistic touches. Comilla’s khadi used to be the clothing of the poor and the people in distress. This khadi meets the fashion trends of today. This cloth can be purchased for Eid or Puja as well as other festivals.
History Of Khadi Cloth
Comilla Khadi clothes are popular among all classes, in both the country and abroad. This cloth became more popular during the 1921 Mahatma Gandhi anti-British protest. Khadi industry was established in that period on the slogan, “Accept domestic goods and reject foreign ones.”
Comilla, a Comilla subcontinental cloth manufacturer, has had a high demand for khadi and khaddar fabric since ancient times. Historical reasons led to the rapid rise of the khadi industry in the region after Gandhiji’s cooperation movement in British India, 1921. Khadi or the khaddar fabric was woven in Comilla, the promoter group of Chittagong. According to the received information, an 8-arm-long dhoti cost only five hundred takas in 1926 – 28. ComillaAbhay Ashram at the time sold khadi clothing worth around 9 lakh taka. Parimal DUTT, an employee of Abhayashram, said that although there was a lot of demand, Abhayashram did not fulfil it fully.
The Khadi and Cottage Industries Association (Khadi and Cottage Industries Association) was established by the former Governor Firoz Khan Noon and Dr Akhtar Khan Hamid Khan, Principal at Comilla Government Victoria College. They have tirelessly contributed to the growth of the khadi textile industry.
Although the post-independence period was called “the golden age” of khadi cloth it was, in reality, the crisis that followed. The war-torn mills of textile were closed. There is a lot of pressure on handloom textiles from countries dependent on imported textiles to meet demand. The country’s demand for khadi is minimal, so the weavers in the nearby villages of Chandana Bazar made sheets, curtains, and other cloths.
China, Comilla district is the original address for khadi. Villages like Zafarabad, Nabiabad etc. Famous for their khadi cloth. Comilla’s Khadi Industry was awarded international recognition in 1994 for its quality.
Types and types of Khadi Cloth
Khadi cloth comes in two varieties.
- It is sometimes called end silk or Khadi silk because it is made out of remnants. Khadi can also be made from silk or any other natural fibre. It is dependent on the number of fibres used.
- It is made from remnants of cotton and is therefore called cotton khadi. Comilla is home to the majority of cotton khadi. Many changes have occurred in the khadi fabric.
One or two colours of khadi could be seen or woven at a time. Nowadays, there are many different types of Khadi. This is a result of the local fashion designers. Khadi cloth in its earlier days was predominantly white and off-white. You can now find khadi cloth in many different colours: red, white-yellow, brown-green, and blue. Check cloth is now made with khadi. There are two types of khadi now. One is thin and the second is a little thicker. Thin is used in making tops or shirts. While thick is used in making Punjabi or other garments. Many fashion homes also sell khadi sarees. Khadi shawls are also available as towels, curtains, cushion covers, and window curtains.
Present Condition of Khadi Cloth
Diversifying the weaving of Khadi fabric has allowed the industry to retain its traditional occupation. As garments are tailored to individual tastes, khadi cloth has been popular since infancy.
Khadi cloth is first made by hand-cut cotton yarn. Then comes the sari and tops. they are made to order. Due to the availability of many designs, khaddar is now more popular. The khadi fabric can also be used to make bed sheets and napshi kathas. Modernity and change are a hallmark of the khadi sector. The plain-coloured khadi cloth can now be printed in different colours. At the moment, khadi garments can be found in many fashion houses throughout the country. For example, fashion brands like Bishwa Rang, Aarong are making garments like khadi sari, kameez etc.
Exports to developed countries of the globe are made of khadi fabric garments. Presently, khadi cloth is in high demand all over the world, including the United States and Canada. There are also several other products such as ‘Khadi Cottage’ and Purbasha Gift and Khadi, besides? Khadi House’ and?Khadi Aarong’. These are just a few of the khadi products in Comilla.
Future Perspectives of Khadi Cloth
Although the industry is still in existence, there are significant concerns about its viability in the future. There is limited demand and insufficient cotton. At the moment, it is impossible to produce khadi fabrics by handloom at the same pace as machine cloth.
Many banks and non-governmental organizations are trying to meet the demand for traditional khadi fabric and increase the trading capacity of traders, moneylenders and weavers. To ensure that the original customer can compete with the new technology, production costs and production cost changes, advanced training must be provided to the spinners and weavers involved in the industry. It is believed that by granting patronage from the government and other non-governmental organizations, it will be possible to solve the problem.
Apart from that, if the President or Prime Minister of our country and Fashion Designers present traditional khadi from Bangladesh, this khadi can spread around the globe, and the history behind the famous khadi-of-Bengal will continue to be preserved.
The century-old khadi product with modernity has managed to maintain its quality and demand on the market. Khadi clothing is attractive, easy to wear, and very affordable. Khadi cloth can be found anywhere there is a Bengali population. Khadi cloth was associated with Bengalis for centuries and will continue to be so.