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26-year-old’s Khadi Revolution in the dacoit-laden communities of Madhya Pradesh

Umang was born in a small village of Bundelkhand region in Kishanganj district of Madhya Pradesh. After finishing up her schooling from Bhopal, she shifted to Delhi and graduated from Delhi University. Post graduation, she returned back to Bhopal and enrolled in National Institute of Fashion Technology’s Fashion designing and Technology course. It was during this time that the Ministry of Textile and NIFT organized a competition “Design Sutra” where the participants had to create a collection using traditional textile material. It occurred to Umang that everyone will be using their state’s famous cloth. So she decided to use the fabric that is found all over the country, the nation’s fabric: Khadi. The institute had a digital printing machine. Her team decided to use the oldest weaving technology with the newest technology; they combined the digital printing process with the Khadi fabric to produce a digitally printed Khadi collection. Not only did it win accolades but also bagged the second spot in the country.

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