Promoting local knowledge, is about bridging the gap between remote villagers who have preserved their rich tradition and handicraft skills handed down from generations to the outside world that is still exploring hidden treasures of rural Bangladesh.
Khadi, also known as “khaddar” has a long history in Bangladesh. Khadi or khaddar is handspun, hand-woven natural fiber cloth mainly made out of cotton. The cloth is usually woven from cotton and may also include silk, or wool, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha. It is a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter. In order to improve the look, khadi/khaddar is sometimes starched to give it a stiffer feel. It is widely accepted in fashion circles.
The khadi weaves of Comilla during the Mughal period were renowned as valuable textiles with distinctive characteristics. During the years of the Indian self-rule movement and later with the independence of Bangladesh the spirit of khadi was driven with the winds of change. In 1921, Mohatma Gandhi came to Chandina Upazila in Comilla to inspire the local weavers and consequently a branch of ‘Nikhil Bharat Tantubai Samity’ was established to self-seed and proliferate the sale of goods to other major cities in India.In greater Comilla region, the weaving centers were particularly developed in Mainamati, Muradnagar, Gauripur and Chandina.