The country’s first ‘Centre for Excellence for Khadi’ was inaugurated by the Shri Narayan Rane, Union Minister for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in New Delhi. This Centre will be set up at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi.
The centre will make ‘Khadi’ a universal, classic and value-driven brand. The word 'Khadi' is derived from 'Khadder' which is used for hand-spun fabric in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
The objective of this centre is to design apparel, home furnishing and accessories for people of all generations and to create benchmarked design processes of global standards of quality, design and merchandising.
This centre at NIFT will act as a hub for experimentation, innovation, and design for the Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC). Its branches will be opened in Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, and Shillong.
A knowledge portal for Khadi will be developed to disseminate design directions to reach out to all the Khadi institutions. This portal will contain design directions on—colour, silhouettes, weave, surface, textures, prints, closures, size chart, and trims and finishes.
The Indian government formed ‘All India Khadi and Village Industries Board’ in 1957, with an objective to promote Khadi production and development of its industry. Later, the board was changed to the ‘Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC).