Our Handspun Indigenous Organic Cotton Yarn is a collaboration between farmers and hand spinners strengthening the rights of rurally located women by providing earning opportunities and developing connections with resonant knitters across the globe. This new line of hand spun yarn represents an emergent solidarity economy that centers indigenous culture, our relationship with each other and the environment.
Kala cotton is one of the staples of our fiber portfolio and it is the main ingredient in the yarn collection - it is indigenous to the region Kutch located on the West Coast of India.The farmers do not use any pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Kala cotton is a non GMO organic seed - one of the oldest recorded strains of cotton - it is purely a rain fed crop and does not require irrigation beyond natural rainfall.
The cotton farmers we engage with have owned and worked their land for many generations. We are proud to be connected to this socially and ecologically regenerative farming practice.
Scientists holding research and development budgets previously focused on the study and promotion of long staple American varieties of cotton but the tides are changing and there is now growing acknowledgment that cotton indigenous to India are a viable natural fiber during the chapter we are living now of Climate Crisis due to their ability to grow on very little water - withstanding very high temperatures.
Images Courtesy of : Lucas Speigel and Sam Fleischner