‘Khadi’, derived from the word ‘Khaddar’, refers to handspun and handwoven fabric produced in the regions of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The process of producing Khadi is characterised by the human element that goes into the handmade processes of spinning and weaving. The All India Khadi and Village Industries Board was established in post-Independent India. It later became the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) a statutory body established under the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME). The role of KVIC and its functions as envisioned by the KVIC Act, accords the organization the mantle of being a facilitator and playing a supportive role in promoting Khadi production and sale.
However, the regulatory framework of KVIC restricts the opportunities for open market sale of Khadi products. These regulations restrict the weavers/producers from accessing the global market. There is a need to go global and revitalise Khadi and associated industries by leveraging the potential offered by rural India.