Khana or Khun fabric is simple, lightweight, and is most traditionally paired with an Ilkal saree. It is preferred by women in the northern parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka. This fabric is known for its distinct, dense, brocade-like patterns, and comes in innumerable color combinations and designs. Today, the major center for the creation of Kana fabrics is Guledgudda in Karnataka.
There isn't much historical evidence, but it is believed that the tradition of weaving Khun fabrics started during the reign of the Chalukyas, in the 8th Century.
Another belief is that the name 'Khun' is derived from the word itself that means 'sugar' - since it is a fabric worn by women in sugar cane belts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.