22. The White Cap

People were amazed when Gandhiji started using the white cap.

A white cap? Oh! Can there be a white cap? It could be red, green, yellow or black! But could it be white?

"Hey, look at it! Gandhiji has worn a white cap!" and people would laugh at it.

Some said that it resembled the cap of Kashi's Brahmin.

Was Gandhiji going to worry about people's criticism? No! He thought that it might appear bad to them but the truth is that it saves a lot of khadi cloth.

Actually, a black cap can also get dirty just like a white cap only it wouldn't be visible.

Gandhiji said that if we have to colour it for hiding the dirt, then why not wash it off. A white cap can be washed every day. Why let it get dirty?