Where Cotton Is King

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I was so happy to find this National Geographic at the thrift store the other day. I have been on the hunt for it for some time now. It ia Vol 185, No. 6, published June 1994.

So, what is so special about this issue? Well, there is the main article on Native American powwows, which, being part Native American, I think is absolutely beautiful. But that is not the real reason I was after this particular issue.

On page 60 starts an article by Jon Thompson with photographs by Cary Wolinsky. The article is entitled, “Cotton, King of Fibers”. This article- which spans from Mississippi to Ghana-  explores the need and importance of cotton in our lives. It is a great look at how cotton has grown to be one of the world’s most sought after fibers. The pictures display all walks of life from migrant field workers and stock traders to fabric dyers and women selling their wears at  an outdoor market.

I think this issue should be of interest to anyone who enjoys working with cotton. Knitting, crochet, spinning, needlepoint- if you do any sort of crafting, you can not avoid cotton. And once you learn about this fiber’s rich- and sometimes dark and bloody-  history, that simple little ball of cotton yarn takes on a whole new meaning.

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