Home-spun. Worn With pride.
Yesterday was the 142nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. While much has been made of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence and his innovative, heroic efforts to free India from British control, not much is often discussed in the media anymore about Gandhi’s strong insistence on wearing home-spun clothes. What does that look like in our world today? Does it mean abandoning the Gaps and Levis and making our own clothes?
The most important reason why Gandhi urged people to wear simple home-spun khadi clothes is because at that time, the British dominated the cotton industry in India. Thus, encouraging the masses to spin their own clothes was an act of rebellion much like Gandhi leading hundreds of thousands on the Salt March.