The experiment with Swadeshi gave Mahatma Gandhi imported ideas about using cloth as a symbolic weapon against the British Government. Mahatma Gandhi experimented with the following five changes in clothing
(i)As a boy from a Gujarati Bania family, he wore a shirt with dhoti or pyjama and sometimes a coat.
(ii) When Gandhiji went to London in 1888, he cut off the tuft of his head and dressed in Western suit, he continued the Western clothes till the 1890s.
(iii) In Durban in 1913, Gandhiji first appeared in a lungi and kurta with his head shaved as a sign of mourning to protest against the shooting of Indian coal miners.
(iv) On his return to India in 1915> he dressed like a Kathiawadi peasant.
(v) In 1921, he adopted the short dhoti, sometimes with a chadar, the form of dress he wore until his death. Khadi was to him a sign of purity, simplicity and poverty and also a symbol of nationalism.