The origin of naturally colourful organic cotton dates back to 4500 BC. in the Inca civilization. If it has been with us for so many centuries, why is it still an unknown reality?
For centuries, in America, Africa and Australia, colourful cotton has been grown in different shades, mostly brown. With the emergence of the Industrial Revolution and the improvement of textile finishing and chemical dyeing processes, the cultivation of naturally colourful cotton fell into the background.
Mass production in ecru (a longer and pest resistant fibre than naturally coloured cotton) offered better performance to a textile industry moving towards mass production.
Still, colourful cotton has gone its own way. Government programs such as the one promoted by Embrapa in Brazil have emphasized promoting the production of colourful cotton. Some of the actions they have promoted are:
- * Raise the strength of the fibres, their fineness and their uniformity to increase productivity in the field by crossing seeds in the crop.
- * Ensure the distribution of seeds among family farmers who are part of the network of registered farmers under the Organics Brasil seal.
- * Offer training to these farmers so that they are not only able to carry out the cultivation under regenerative agriculture methods but also so that they know how to act against the irruption of pests that put their crops at risk.
As a result of all these actions in the field at Organic Cotton Colours, by mixing colourful fibre and raw fibre we have managed to produce high quality 30/1 Ne yarns, ideal for the production of all types of knitted and fine woven fabrics.
Within the Social Project in Brazil we work with the varieties of colourful Rubi and Topaz cotton that, as their names indicate, offer us different shades of brown in the fibre, with more yellow or reddish tones depending on the variety. For this reason, our brown is not always the same, its tone and intensity change depending on the fibre spun.
Why are we concerned about the preservation of naturally colourful cotton seeds?
We understand that the world we live in is a world of color. Even so, our way of colouring it is not through chemical dyes that remain in our soils and seas for centuries, affecting the biodiversity of the planet's ecosystem. If nature gives us a NATURAL solution to textile production, why don't we encourage it? In this way, each garment produced with our OCCGuarantee® organic cotton, without applying chemical wet dyeing or printing processes, will return to the earth without leaving any toxic in its wake. So we combine the Cradle to Cradle concept.