The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has sent notices to more than 200 entities, asking them to not use terms such as KVIC was established to promote and propagate the indigenous craft of khadi-wear and design. Khadi, as per the KVIC Act 1956 is handwoven fabric from handspun silk, cotton and wool, made without the use of electricity. The Khadi Mark Regulations, notified in 2013, gave KVIC the mandate to hand out Khadi Mark tags\/labels for the purpose of identifying true and authentic khadi products. KVIC exercised this mandate when it asked FabIndia to stop labelling its garments as khadi without having obtained KVIC approval, and later sued the company for selling factory-made clothes labelled as khadi. Problematic as that was, given how the KVIC Act talks of the need to However, there are many organised and unorganised producers of hand spun yarn and handwoven fabric. Almost every state has its own signature handloom Most states have government-supported co-operatives and government textile retailers that check the With handloom weavers already struggling from the onslaught of power-looms, the bureaucratic nightmare that KVIC The KVIC is mandated to concern itself only with the Khadi Mark and khadi labelling. If the handloom weavers of Tamil Nadu are better served by a Co-optex KVIC must remember that while all khadi is hand spun\/handwoven, not all hand spun\/handwoven\/handloom products are aspiring to the Khadi Mark tag.


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