Khadi is not just a fabric in India. It’s a way of life. The image of Gandhi sitting in front of a charkha acquired the weight of historical symbolism. Although Khadi will forever be associated with Mahatma Gandi and India’s independence movement, it is no longer regarded as the poor man’s cloth. Khadi (meaning, handspun and handwoven) cloth has taken on a new lease of life in recent years thanks to the new generation fashion designers who are applying innovative design techniques and turning khadi into a modern day style statement. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Such an amalgamation of modern time designers and their Khadi spirit was seen in the Capital at the ongoing India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2014 organised by ITPO. Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) organised a fashion show ‘Khadi Paridhan Utsav’ on 25 November at Hamsadhavi Theatre at Pragati Maidan.Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (MSME) inaugurated the show in presence of other dignitaries like Madhav Lal, Secretary (MSME), B H Anil Kumar, Chief Executive Officer (KVIC), S N Tripathy Joint Secretary (MSME), S P Singh, Director (KVIC) among others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAmidst the jam packed audience, models walked down the ramp with the different khadi wears on. The show was presented in 10 sequences that showcased Khadi in its past, present and future forms. Casual wear, office wear, party wear, bridal wear, khadi from north-east, khadi sarees were highlighted in the show.The Kantha work of West Bengal, Mugha silk of Assam, Kanjivaram silk, Banarasi sarees, the show had it all. Eco-friendly outfits, winter wears designed into modern outfits made it all more glamorous as well as attracted the young buyers. Student of Satyam Fashion Institute, Noida and International Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi were the designers for the evening. KVIC that has been participating in the IITF for the last two decades has keep up with the theme of IITF 2014 ‘Women Enterpreneur’. An exclusive Khadi Pavilion carrying this theme has been setup in Hall No: 15 that showcase a wide range of Khadi fabrics, readymade garments and a lot. Do pay a visit there!