Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India

Book Title

Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India

Type of Work

Book

Files

Publication Date

2007

Role

Author

Publisher

Indiana University Press

City

Bloomington, IN, USA

ISBN

9780253116789

Abstract

In Clothing Gandhi’s Nation, Lisa Trivedi explores the making of one of modern India’s most enduring political symbols, khadi: a homespun, home-woven cloth. The image of Mohandas K. Gandhi clothed simply in a loincloth and plying a spinning wheel is familiar around the world, as is the sight of Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, and other political leaders dressed in “Gandhi caps” and khadi shirts. Less widely understood is how these images associate the wearers with the swadeshi movement—which advocated the exclusive consumption of indigenous goods to establish India’s autonomy from Great Britain—or how khadi was used to create a visual expression of national identity after Independence. Trivedi brings together social history and the study of visual culture to account for khadi as both symbol and commodity. Written in a clear narrative style, the book provides a cultural history of important and distinctive aspects of modern Indian history.

Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India

Share

COinS