Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gandhi Topi - A simple Fabric Structure

When I was talking to my friend about Fabric Architecture and fabric form, he pointed me about Gandhi Topi. I was amazed to realize the simplicity of the form, structure and material of the famous Gandhian Topi. Gandhi Topi (Cap) is a white colored cap made out of Khadi (Hand woven cloth, either cotton, wool or silk). Anna Hazare with his Gandhian Topi has brought Gandhi Topi in to fashion world.
Mahatma Gandhi, who brought freedom to India would have got an award for his design of this Cap. In designing this national headgear, he considered many factors- The Topi is simple, elegant, affordable, light and portable. Also the pure white color stood out against many colorful turbans and cloths. If it got dirty, it would show on the white color right away and that way it is worn clean. It is so easy to make, just search on youtube videos.
Anna Hazare






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http://www.ndtv.com/article/lifestyle/capping-fashion-making-statement-with-gandhi-topi-128666

5 comments:

  1. I always thought this cap was called the Nehru cap, since it was more of his signature attire.. But thanks for the information.

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  2. Caps of similar design and material have been worn throughout history by the people of Gujarat,Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other parts of India.


    Prisoners in South African prisons classified as "negroes" (a category into which Indians fell while Gandhi was in South Africa) also were required to wear similar caps in prison. Gandhi's close friend Henry Polak cites Gandhi's time in South African jail, where he was classified as a "negro" and thus required to wear such a cap, as the genesis of the Gandhi Cap

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  3. Fellow Traveller, Thanks for information about Cap requirements in South African Jail during late 1800 and early 1900. Thank god for availability of warm water to wash our hair daily so we don't need caps daily!

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  4. Hi this is divya.. anybody have the pattern a tutorial video of how make this cap out of cloth??.. thanks in advance..

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  5. Hi this is divya.. anybody have the pattern a tutorial video of how make this cap out of cloth??.. thanks in advance..

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