KHADI: Historic Context Contemporary Relevance
Hand spun hand-woven cloth in India Â is known as khadi.Â The word itself recalls the final 30 yearsâ€™ history of Indiaâ€™s freedom struggle.Â Since Independence it has co-existed peacefully along with other fabrics but with its history intact in the consciousness of the people. It is today Â being recognizedÂ as a major player in the fashion system,Â an eco-friendly Â natural â€“fibre fabric.Â Sunaina Sunejaâ€™s Â first passion is Â Khadi Â amongst all the traditional textiles of India that she so loves to work with . She takes us through her personal journey with the fabric, and brings to the fore the renewedÂ interestÂ in it. A fashion event showing Â comprise of Â stylesÂ willÂ Â Â attest to khadiâ€™s versatility and appeal:Â handmade with natural fibres, khadiÂ lends itself especially to casual chic collections marked by minimalism which is in itself inherently KHADI.
Fashion Show at IABCA
A fashion event would comprise of styles targeting an Australian audience which would also attest to khadiâ€™s versatility and appeal. Handmade with natural fibers, khadi can be designed and shaped into a variety of garments wearable anywhere in the world. It lends itself especially to casual chic collections marked by minimalism which is in itself inherently KHADI.
The India Australia Business & Community awards(Â IABCA) Â raises awareness of Indian Australians and Australians in India Â and encourages further growth in relations between the two countries. It enhances and recognises existing investment initiatives, from commerce to culture.
This national initiative now in its third year celebrates migrant entrepreneurship and continues to engage, connect and recognise the role played by Australian Indians in shaping this nation through an awards ceremony. IABCA welcomes Sunaina Sunejaâ€™s collection as a ramp show on the night of the gala, Friday 28 October 2016Â at the Four Points Sheraton, 161 Sussex Street, Â Darling Harbour NSW
About the Curator
Sunaina Suneja has been working with khadi for thirty years now, advocating its wearability and its message through published articles, TV interviews, talks, exhibitions, fashion shows and presentations aimed at an Indian and international clientele. Developed over the years through hands-on work with craftspeople, she brings her own aesthetic sensitivity, appreciation and respect of traditional crafts onto the canvas of khadi. She has also worked extensively with other textile crafts of India, most prominently, indigo and the revival of an essential aspect of Phulkari embroidery in the villages of Punjab.
Some major exhibitions over the years dedicated to khadi include:
- Indian Embassy and World Bank, Washington DC
- Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
- A solo exhibition at Santa Fe Museum
- French Ambassadorâ€™s Residence, New Delhi
- The Election Collection 2009
- An annual collection in Delhi to celebrate Khadi under the label August Khadi