Facts on Cotton
Cotton is the most widespread profitable non-food crop in the world. Its production provides income for more than 250 million people worldwide and employs almost 7% of all labor in developing countries. Approximately half of all textiles are made of cotton.
Isn’t that incredible?!
Cotton is one of the world’s leading agricultural crops, is plentiful and economically produced. Fibers can be made into a wide variety of fabrics ranging from lightweight laces to heavy sailcloths and is suitable for a great variety of wearing apparel, home furnishings, and industrial uses.
Laura’s Visit to see how your Cotton Duvet Cover is Made
Laura went to visit our Portuguese Suppliers (based north of Porto near the Spanish border) to find out exactly how our Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover and other bedding textiles were made.
“It was truly facinating to walk right through the process of how our bedding is manufactured. I walked through the whole process, from seeing the cotton in it’s raw form to it being spun, then woven into long sheets of material, to the finished process of bedding being cut and sewn at it’s final stages”.
See more below:
Women pulling long sheets of finished cotton material to be cut and stitched for cotton duvet cover.
Final rinsing and then dying area (if the fabric is getting dyed)
Long threads known as Staples are suspended from above and fed into the machine for weaving into long sheets of fabric.
Our Portuguse suppliers are a 100 year old family owned business. This machine above is an original weaving machine that is still used in the factory today.
The 100 year old Portuguse factory employs local poeple and is split between a rail line which was used in the past to take fabric down to Porto for exporting.
Images | Laura Wilson for LTCO Ltd
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