Freedom Movement: textile practices and the making of a nation

India’s fight for independence from the British was a long struggle in which textile practices played a central part. Closely linked to the formation of the country as we know it today, these are still seen as symbols of resistance and sovereignty.


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Mahatma Gandhi (biography)

Ragini Nayak, “Khadi and Gandhiji: Looking beyond the Fabric.” 

Divia Patel, “The spinning wheel of democracy,” (from the V&A Blog)



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Cite this page as: The MAP Academy, "Freedom Movement: textile practices and the making of a nation," in Smarthistory, August 17, 2022, accessed May 20, 2024,