I have this wonderful memory from the time I was growing up in a smaller town
of Northern India. I used to pick cotton balls from a cotton tree near our home
and take them to my mother. She used them to make her oil lamps (Diya).
Evidently I had no idea about the importance of Organic Cotton at that time and
I was not even aware that there was such a thing. Cotton was cotton for us, one
that came from the tree & we used that for oil lamps and decoration, and the
other came from the chemist shop for first aid.
The world of Cotton intrigues me. When I ran week-end market stalls last
year, I heard from ladies that they prefer Indian Cotton over other countries. I
started learning more about cotton. Did you know that India is the largest
producer of Organic Cotton in the world followed by USA!
Organic Cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural
chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides or genetically modified seeds. While
we are becoming more and more conscious about eating organic food, the awareness
of Organic Cotton is not so common or perhaps we just don’t care about what we
wear. Research shows that the most common Organic Cotton clothes are baby
clothes. That sounds logical to me. I would want my baby to wear something free
of chemicals for sure. I found this site quite informative about Organic Cotton:
Last month I came across Anokhi in India while searching for new suppliers.
Anokhi is quite well known for Fair Trade Organic Cotton clothes in USA and
Europe. They use vegetable dyes on their cotton to keep the fabric completely
natural. Interestingly majority of their colours revolve around shades of blue
and green because of the use of indigo plants of the Indigofera family.
I decided to bring in some Organic Cotton clothes from Anokhi for our Colours
in You customers in Australia. I was amazed to see how soft these clothes are
and the stitching is done with such perfection. I hope this is the beginning of
a new journey ......Anu