Beyond beautiful in their simplicity, these un-dyed and naturally flecked organic cotton bath towels are handwoven using organically and locally grown cotton in a small community in Western India. Woven in the weaver's own homes using organically and locally grown Kala cotton, a variety of cotton native to the Kachchh region, which has adapted to its arid climate over thousands of years.
- Hand Towel: 63cm x 89cm plus tassels
- Bath Towel: 83cm x 166cm plus tassels
- Face Cloth: 30cm x 30cm (no tassels)
- Twill weave with a beautiful drape.
- Natural cream coloured fabric that softens with use
- Care: Machine wash at 40° and wash with similar colours
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The irregularities and colour differentiations within the weave makes each piece unique and is a reminder of the handmade process and natural materials used. Made in collaboration with a co-operative whose work supports ecology heritage and craft in Western Gujarat.
Pico produces essential, everyday goods, which can be traced right back to the source. Working directly with small enterprises, for this project they have researched and learnt about indigenous Indian cotton and are working with a cooperative in Gujarat to produce these handwoven bath sheets and hand towels using this locally grown fibre.
Project Pico towels from Khamir - a co-operative in Western Gujarat in the Kachh region just outside Bhuj. They are a co-operative who formed after the huge earthquake in 2011 which caused devastation to many villages and communities. Khamir wanted to support these communities whilst encouraging traditional craft and ecology, and to help preserve their heritage.
As one of their projects, Khamir work with 40 farmers growing native cotton. This cotton is called Kala cotton and people stopped growing it because of the short-staple (which is not so desirable for industrial machines) but Khamir provided a market for these farmers as they can use it on traditional looms. Gujarat is an extremely dry state and this cotton can grow in exceptionally arid conditions requiring little to no water.
It is quite remarkable as very little else can grow there in these conditions. When PP visited in January they were amazed at how the cotton was growing out of this exceptionally dry and cracked ground. The farmer was describing to us how prone the area was to droughts and how they often don't get water for 4 days at a time, in their homes.
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