On the inaugural day of Indipex 2011, the India post issued a special Khadi stamp printed on khadi material depicting Mahatma Gandhi.
Khadi or Khaddar is a handspun and hand-woven cloth made out of cotton.
It is a versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter.
Khadi is primarily woven from cotton and may also include silk, or wool, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called a charkha.
Khadi is very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi.
Khadi is not just a cloth, it is a whole movement, an idea that Indians could be self-reliant on cotton and be free from the high priced goods and clothes sold by British.
Khadi stamp – first of its kind
It’s a first of its kind in the world and was released by the president of India on February 12, 2011.
The 39 x 39 milimetre, diamond-shaped stamp is made of the usual unwatermarked gravure coated stamp paper, on which is stuck a square of khadi cloth specially manufactured in West Bengal.
A charkha appears in the foreground of the cloth, with the thread spinning out to form a line drawing of the Mahatma spinning.
Title: Special khadi stamp
Date of Issue: 12 February 2011
Denominations: Rs. 100
Source: India Post