Organic Woven Shawl - Natural Khaki
From 3000 BC until the 1750s, only the indigenous arboretum and herbaceous plants were used to grow cotton in India. What we call Kala Cotton today. In the early market systems of the Kachchh desert region of India, farmers and weavers worked together to create rich, organic woven textiles with a soft but durable texture. Creating textiles from local, old-world cotton is part of a vibrant national legacy of making cloth from the first to last step on Indian soil.
Kala cotton is indigenous to this region and the production process is organic. farmers do not use pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. It is a purely rain-fed crop that has a high tolerance for both disease and pests. It is resilient and resurgent in the face of difficult dry desert conditions.
Today, the revival of Kala Cotton encourages sustainable cotton textile production in harmony with the local ecology like it was centuries ago. Though Industraliation has swept most of the indigenous craft sectors across India, there are initiatives emerging that are setting up systems to revive old craft methods.
These Shawls are all handwoven by a generational weaving family in Kutch. India led my master Arjun who has been weaving for close to 35 years.