The most familiar image of Mahatma Gandhi is of him seated, bare chested and in a short dhoti at the spinning wheel. He made spinning on the charkha and the daily use of khadi very popular.
Khadi was important to Mahatma Gandhi because
(i) Khadi was not only symbol of self-reliance to him but also of resistance to the use of British mill-made cloth.
(ii) Khadi became a symbol of nationalism and a rejection of Western mill-made cloth.
(iii) He believed in purity, simplicity and poverty and wearing khadi was a symbol of them.