With a growing focus on ethically-produced and environment-friendly clothes, there’s never been a better time to go back to your roots and embrace all things khadi.

Perfect for hot and humid weather, this breathable fabric is being woven into stunning, contemporary designs by conscious, indie brands. So, after much sorting and sifting, here’s where we recommend you go to get your khadi fix.

Maati Crafts

Photo courtesy: Maati Crafts

Photo courtesy: Maati Crafts

Maati Crafts is an organisation that celebrates the cultures and traditions of India, producing indigenous clothing, hand woven and handmade in different parts of the country. If you’re looking specifically for stoles made from khadi, they’ve got a few numbers with Ajrakh hand-block prints, which is practised almost exclusively by craftsmen from the Khatri Community near Bhuj.
They’ve got bags and kurta made with khadi as well.

What We Love: This Indigo Hand Block Print Long Kurta

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 2,000

Follow them on Facebook here.

Runaway Bicycle

Photo source: Runaway Bicycle

Photo source: Runaway Bicycle

Mumbai-based brand Runaway Bicycle takes you back to all things good and pure. Think of long, lazy afternoons, when all you did was dream of faraway places – Runaway Bicycle’s collections celebrate those idyllic moments. Sustainable, ethical fashion that never compromises with a refined aesthetic sense, the brand features only khadihandwoven cottons and linen.

Neutral colours, relaxed silhouettes and comfort – each of their collections stays true to these elements. Shop for pinafore skirts, boxy shirts, pyjamas and dresses that don’t get in the way as you continue to chase beautiful moments.

What We Love: The Fragrant Lemon Tree Tunic and this Four Martinis Later Pinafore Skirt

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 2,900

Follow them on Facebook here.

11.11

Photo source: 11.11

Photo source: 11.11

11.11 finds its roots in khadi, so it had to make it to our list. Fabrics like khadi denim, and 300 count khadi cotton are used to make high fashion garments that have a signature 11.11 style—you’ll recognise it the moment you see it.

The two most prominent colours in their collection are indigo and white, which makes their collection rather pleasing to look at. Check them out for shirts, comfy pants, dresses, jackets, and iPad and Macbook sleeves.

What We Love: This Indigo Mirror-Work Shirt Dress and these Khadi Chambray Pants

Where: Shop online here. Or pop into their concept store, Grey Gardens, in Hauz Khas Village

Price: Starting at INR 3,800

Follow them on Facebook here.

OLIO

Photo source: OLIO

Photo source: OLIO

We love OLIO‘s concept clothing, where form and functionality coincide as beautiful designs. Their newest collection, Bean, showcases the best of OLIO’s stores but are also 100 per cent khadi cotton. Inspired by the warm, toasty colours of coffee, their button-down dresses, collared shirts and co-ord sets are minimalistic and structured.

What We Love: This Iced Latte Shirt Dress for her and this Espresso Bean Shirt for him

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 2,500

Follow them on Facebook here.

Anita Dongre Grassroot

Photo source: Anita Dongre Grassroot

Photo source: Anita Dongre Grassroot

They work with NGOs like Mijwan, SEWA, and Khamir in Kutch, and even individual artisans with specific skills {like dyeing, for instance} to create products that marry design with social consciousness.

The style at Anita Dongre Grassroot is simple enough to look fuss-free but the silhouettes make sure the end product looks clean and sophisticated. Tops, tunics, pinafore dresses, you’ll find them here in white, indigo, and lime, with an occasional pocket thrown in—we like.

What We Love: This Blue V-Neck Khadi Dress and Long White Khadi Tunic

Where: Shop online here or at Flat No.7, Khan Market

Price: Starting at INR 2,990

Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Brass Tacks

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Photo source: Brass Tacks

Moving away from subtle, neutral hues, Chennai-based Brass Tacks creates vibrant, contemporary clothing with cotton, khadimodal and silk fabric.  They focus on the ‘nuts and bolts’ aspect of quality fashion – fabric, fit and tailoring.

The bigger picture is to transform traditional Indian textiles into modern-day clothing.

What We Love: This Collared Patch Dress and Sculpted Dhoti

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 1,410

Follow them on Facebook here.

Nicobar

Photo source: Nicobar

Photo source: Nicobar

This brand, just like its name, takes on the tropical style the whole year around, with enough changes in each collection to reflect the particular season. The use of natural fabrics, and simple, airy silhouettes makes everything here super chic, clean, and contemporary.

Their ivory khadi clothing in particular is great for hot, humid days when you want to look effortlessly cool yet be absolutely comfortable.

What We Love: This Khadi Ivory Tunic and this Ivory & Indigo Khadi Throw

Where: Shop No. 79 & 80, Above Diva Spiced, Meherchand Market. You can shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 750

Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram here

Love The World Today

Photo source: Love The World Today

Photo source: Love The World Today

Inspired by childhood and crafted for children, Love The World Today crafts sustainable clothing for girls and boys so that their love affair with khadi begins early. The coolest thing about the brand, however, is that you can return the clothes to Love The World Today when your child outgrows them and in doing so, they’re making the concept of reusing and recycling fashionable.

The collection is dominated by happy hues – there’s a lot of chambray blue and sunny yellow.

What We Love: This ‘Summer in the Light, Winter in the Shade’ in Green Checks top for her and ‘Little Man’s Play Shirt‘ In Yellow Stripes for him

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 1,150

Follow them on Facebook here.

The Pot Plant

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Photo source: The Pot Plant

If you’ve got no love for fitted, fussy clothing, what The Pot Plant has to offer should be right up your alley. They try to enhance green living through their eco-friendly collections that include lowers, maxi dresses, anti-fit dresses, tank tops, and more.

We love that each and every outfit is super comfortable and gives us enough room to move around freely.

What We Love: This Handspun Khadi Stripes Maxi Dress

Where: Shop online here

Price: Starting at INR 3,000

Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram here

Bunosilo

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Photo source: Bunosilo

First things first—how cool is this name! All the products {clothing as well as accessories} made under the brand are handmade and use fabric and elements that have been locally sourced. Aside from their own brand, they even curate things from other indie brands that follow the same philosophy as they do.

As far as khadi goes, you can expect simple dresses with stripes and checks for women and solid coloured shirts for men.

What We Love: This Khadi Check Classic Tunic and this Khadi Classic Shirt

Where: Shop online here and here

Price: Starting at INR 1,350

Follow them on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Featured photo courtesy: The Pot Plant(L)/Runaway Bicycle(R)