Khadi, also called Khaddar, is an eco-friendly fabric. It exhibits fast decomposition property, unlike other imported materials. with nationalist leaders' efforts and significant support of natives, the campaign brought Khadi production to the limelight under the Swadeshi Movement. Khadi allows the skin to breathe and doesn't obstruct sunlight from entering while being soft on the skin. In 1918, Mahatma Gandhi started his movement for Khadi to repose for the poor masses to be independent and self-reliant in this sector. He aimed to elevate spinning and weaving to an ideology that establishes self-government. After Independence, the Indian government launched the All India Khadi and Village Industries Board, which in 1957 came to be known as the Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC).
Ponduru, a town from the Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, is a well-known place for making khadi fabric. Ponduru Khadi is a rare product of remarkable excellence, made out of a unique variety of indigenous Organic Cotton. The Andhra Fine Khadi Karmikabhivruddhi Sangham (AFKKS) in Ponduru, founded in 1949 by the weavers themselves, is now run under the backing of KVIC. The AFKKS acts as a mediator between cotton farmers, spinners, and weavers in the area, as the product is also exported to foreign countries.
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