A little bit about one of our ORGANIC cotton suppliers....
The organic cotton comes from a non GM source and is supplied by Agrocel. One of their partners is Traidcraft, the largest UK fairtrade organisation.
The cotton is grown in northern India.
Our cotton is not sprayed with toxic chemicals. Instead, weeding is done by hand and pests are controlled biologically (by encouraging other insects to control the pests). Please see the excellent PAN site (Pesticide Action Network).
Fair Trade Cotton
This means that the people who grow cotton get a fair guaranteed wage and that their health and welfare is supported. They subscribe to the Fair Trade policy defined by IFAT (The International Fair Trade Association).
The hand loom cottons are woven and safely dyed using GOTS approved non azo dyes and are woven by a charity-run project involving about 250 workers using hand looms or small power looms.
Below; one of the weavers in K.V. Kuppam, a village in Tamil Nadu state, South India, 120 miles from Chennai (Madras). The area has long been a centre for cotton handloom weaving.
The middle picture is the cotton being dryed.
We have just bought 5 new designs of organic cotton. We're really excited by the work and hope you will like them too.