Definition of khadi in English:


(also khaddar)


mass noun
  • An Indian homespun cotton cloth.

    as modifier ‘her plain khadi sari’
    • ‘And this frail woman in her khadi sari worked till she was 80, gracefully living with her Parsi daughter-in-law, always encouraging her and admiring her for what she did.’
    • ‘With the introduction of khadi and the spinning wheel by Gandhiji, there was a big turnabout in the financial affairs of the British eventually leading to their downfall.’
    • ‘The same worker who is involved in making khadi can be utilised much more efficiently in the modern textile industry, which is a lot more profitable.’
    • ‘When one uses khadi clothes and other products marketed by khadi industries, one is supporting the spirit of freedom and nationality.’
    • ‘The mobile unit would serve to take khadi textiles and other rural products to the people.’
    • ‘The other themes of the show, revolved around food, wildlife, forces of nature, drapes, traditional arts and crafts, khadi and denim.’
    • ‘He said the institutions engaged in khadi production received a boost when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘Also, only cotton, silk, wool or khadi can be used.’
    • ‘The cloth preferred for this is the home-spun, locally-woven and dyed khadi.’
    • ‘Once a dull, coarse material, today khadi is a multicolored wonder fabric with weaves as fine as muslin.’
    • ‘The khadi campaigners hope that the humble fabric will serve as the rallying force for awakening an entire nation, once again.’
    • ‘It looks as if the revival of khadi is well on its way - in the next year, nine more designer Khadi stores are planned in Delhi, and outside.’
    • ‘He was as usual immaculately dressed in crisp white khadi cotton.’
    • ‘The company comes out with products purely based on hand spun cloth or khadi.’
    • ‘The Tusser silk and khadi silk saris are also in good demand here.’
    • ‘That was the kind of cloth Gandhi wanted to be replaced by our own homespun khadi.’
    • ‘The same khadi fabric can make you feel cool in summer and warm in winter.’
    • ‘Clay dolls, terra cotta items, khadi, handloom saris and dress materials are on display.’
    • ‘It's good to see such great person dressed in khaddar.’
    • ‘At a time when rural unemployment is high, weavers of fine khadi in Andhra Pradesh are turning away from traditional weaving and spinning, all for lack of proper support.’


From Punjabi, from Hindi khādī.