Some time ago, my friend Neha told me about this new initiative by Khamir, which started already in 2007, together with Satvik, an association of organic farmers in Kutch, Gujarat - India.

It is called KALA COTTON and the idea is to bring back "the original pure Old World cotton of India" and with this, to encourage a more sustainable cotton textile production, as well as the preservation of agricultural and artisan livelihoods in this rural area of Gujarat, famous by their rich craft culture and traditions. 

An interesting article about this cotton.

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I just bought some meters of this amazing fabric. The texture and the touch to it, is unique (and full of meaning!) and hopefully soon, i can bring some new creations to the shop, made using this cloth.

This is very important for me - to have a very good selection of raw materials to start my projects with because i believe that they make a real difference. It is not just about the final product, but mainly about the process and all the details that contribute to what we all see in the end. And as a maker, a designer, a person part of this planet and global society, it is a priority for me to support and contribute, as much as possible and in the best way I can, to a more sustainable textile value chain.

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Kala cotton is indigenous to Kachchh and by default organic, as the farmers do not use any pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. It is a purely rain-fed crop that has a high tolerance for both disease and pests and requires minimal investment. It is both resilient and resurgent in the face of stressful land conditions.

Kala Cotton is one of the few genetically pure cotton species remaining in India, and one of the only species of pure, old-world cotton to be cultivated today on a large scale. It forms a strong, coarse, stretchable fiber that is often used in denim. As it is difficult to produce fine quality textiles with it, as its short staple length translates to fewer twists per inch of yarn, over time its use has diminished significantly in mainstream markets.

from Khamir´s website

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