November 2005

The story of naturally colored cotton

Cotton has been cultivated in the world for millennia. It is a wonderful product for clothing. It is water absorbent and cool for summer wear. We have always seen white cotton that would be dyed in different colors. The problem with white cotton is the use of pesticide and dyes that are not always environmentally friendly. On the other hand naturally colored cotton had always been available in nature, but since it produced a weaker fiber that was not suitable for commercial spinning, it was not favored by cotton farmers and was almost going extinct.

When Sally Fox was working toward producing insect resistant cotton, she was introduced to colored cotton that was cultivated in South America and was naturally pest resistant. Through hard work and perseverance, she was able to invent a naturally color cotton that was suitable for commercial spinning which she called FoxFibre®.

Today we are able to find naturally colored cotton from shades of red, brown, and green. The beauty of this product is that unlike synthetically dyed products, it will not fade by washing; even the color will intensify. Two of her products Coyote and Buffalo are also naturally fire resistant. FoxFibre® is now used in many products from items of clothing to furniture. Her products are now available at http://www.vreseis.com/.

I look forward to working with this wonderful product, and would appreciate if you share with me your experiences with FoxFibre®. I will include your comments with your name in our e-newsletter.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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