New Delhi February 22, 2019 Eminent Designers including Rohit Bal, Rina Dhaka, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Rajesh Pratap Singh and cine stars Arjun Rampal and Aditi Rao Haidri celebrated 100 years of Khadi , presented once the fabric that spun the freedom in new avatar to make it the stuff of contemporary style statement.

India’s renowned old and young fashion designers and cine stars were in capital to promote Khadi as global sustainable fabric and bring it to mainstream by giving the fabric a funky and trendy spin to make it more suitable to modern sensibilities at the a day long conclave cum exhibition ‘Khadi Goes Global’ organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and All India Women's Education Fund Association (AIWEFA) late last evening .

“The day long conclave with the Theme ‘Moving towards global sustainable development for the future of mankind’ was organised with the objective to promote Khadi as global sustainable fabric and bring it to mainstream as a style statement.” Said MS Pinky Reddy, President, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) speaking on the occasion.

“As the world is getting more and more sensitive towards the environment, sustainable fabrics are in demand, more now than ever.. it is important for designers to work towards bringing back the old traditional khadi and making it wearable for the new generation.I will include khadi and khadi in my future designs ” Said Eminent designer Rohit Bal ,who was also presented National Award for promoting and producing khadi

Rphit Bal showcased a pastel collection, which included sarees and lehengas made from Khadi. Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal, who looked dapper in a black sherwani with an embroidered shawl, walked the runway as his showstopper.

Bal described Khadi as the "fabric of the soul. And stressed on the need of revamping the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) stores across the country to give them new look to attract the youth ."It's the national fabric of our country. It stands for freedom, independence and self discovery. It's the fabric of now, before and the future," Bal said.

Eminent designer Rina Dhaka showcased a collection made out of Khadi, and also paid a tribute to the martyrs of the Pulwama attack, which took place on February 14.Her white and beige collection had "Jai Jawaan" written on them.

Another designer Rajesh Pratap Singh who has been promoting khadi for years presented a wide array of dhotis, pants, shirts and sherwanis in plain white.

“Khadi is also seen as a luxury product now. World over, people appreciate its imperfect perfection With more research, especially in design, coming in and better weaving technology being employed, we’ll soon see a better quality of khadi being made into high-quality garments of the future,” said Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, who has been promoting Khadi aggressively in his designs.

"It is important to promote khadi because there is a major shift to sustainable living. And khadi is a fabric which is affordable. It is also a fabric which has not been exploited much by the designers. It inspires us to bring it to the forefront because it is a fabric which can be used in creating things as fine as a couture collection” said Fashion designer Sandeep khosla who also showcased their khadi collection and has been working on khadi for last 30 years ..

The Inaugural session was addressed by Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Ayog; Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, Secretary, MSME; Ms. Preeta Verma, CEO, KVIC and Ms. Rekha Sharma, Chairperson, NCW.

The national awardees for promoting khadi at the conclave included Rohit Bal; Rajesh Pratap Singh; Concern India Foundation; Shripal Shah Asal, Chaman Siju , Lajwanti , Rita Kapoor Chishti, Rashmi Bharti .Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee and Shubhangi Nitin Mahajan.

A Khadi Mudra Dance Performance titled “An Ode to Mahatma” by Geeta Chandran and Sandhya Raman was another highlight of the event.