Cotton has been cultivated, prepared and spun into thread for over 6,000 to 7,000 years in the Indian subcontinent and South America. Introduced from the Arabia and India into Europe it became an important textile. Technological progress in the late eighteenth and nineteenth century Industrial Revolution made Europe a major centre of commercialisation while in the United States slave labour was made a central part of the economy of the Confederate southern states.
An estimated 25 million tonnes of cotton are produced globally each year with 5 nations dominating production - China, India, United States, Brazil and Pakistan.
Other Fascinating Facts
Valérius´processing technology creates fibres of recycled cotton 20mm length, compared to normal industry standards of 16mm. This enables a higher content of recycled cotton fibre to be mixed with virgin cotton fibre to maintain the quality of the yarn and, hence, for new garments to enter into a second life cycle in the market.
Class of Material
Residence time (How long does the matter/material/artefact stay in an unaltered state in the location/context/system before it decay?)
How does the item affect the environment in which it exists?
I don't Know
How would you like to be with this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
in a new garment or clothing
What can humans give back to this artefact/material/living thing/matter?
use the fibre wisely so that new cotton, with its high pesticide input, does not have to be produced.