Diversity is the spice of life. Diversity offers resilience.
"Biodiversity in cotton is an important indicator of sustainability due to many factors, not least geographical suitability and climate change. There are about 500 known varieties of cotton which have evolved to suit geographical conditions etc; and include many intriguing characteristics and traits such as ‘colored’ cotton, extremely long and fine stapled cotton, and native indigenous or ‘wild’ cotton(Far mhub.org)."
Diversity is exciting and fun!
For resources: See post #1.
Soon I will go shopping for cotton to beat the world record for heaviest hand-spun hand-woven jeans in the world. I am thinking about using green color grown cotton for the weft and Pima cotton that I will dye with natural indigo for the warp.
Color grown cotton: super soft colorful cotton
Pima cotton: durable long fiber cotton that takes dyes really well and lasts up to 40% longer than Upland cotton
Color grown cotton, this is before it develops its dark colors:
Pictures from: http://www.vreseis.com/sliver.html
Edited by 4characters - 6/18/13 at 5:51pm