Indigo dyed Kala cotton is an indigenous varietal from Gujurat, India and one of 20 native varieties that once existed in India. The fiber fell out of favor over conventional GMO cotton but was revitalized when growers realized that the plants require only rainfall and no irrigation with a high tolerance for disease and pests.
Today, Kala cotton is making a comeback and provides a livelihood to desert farmers in Kachchh (Kutch). The entire community is involved in raising the cotton, processing, spinning, weaving and dyeing the fabric. This fabric is dyed with an indigo fructose vat by artisans who supply fabric to the amazing fashion brand 11.11. We are proud to offer this organic, rainwater fed fabric and support the cooperatives who are producing it. These particular fabrics are dyed with indigo and are gorgeous.
All of the fabrics are handwoven woven with organic, indigenous Kala cotton and dyed in a natural indigo fructose vat. All are sold by the yard. We offer three options:
- A linen-indigo chambray fabric with a linen warp and handspun indigo dyed weft. This is a medium weight, crisp fabric with a beautiful slub and shading from the fibers. It is approximately 39 inches wide. Perfect for light jackets and mid-weight garments.
- Handspun indigo dyed cotton warp and weft. The singles yarn and twist give this fabric a slightly stretchy feel and it has a lovely indigo abrash variation throughout the fabric.
- Medium-light indigo 40s muslin dyed in a fructose indigo vat. This is a beautiful medium blue shade with hints of gray and teal and is dyed on our favorite weight 40s ecru muslin. The color is more saturated and slightly greener than the photo and it’s a lightweight transitional fabric perfect for layering or linings. 45 inches wide. The closest Pantone match is 19-4037 TPX but the fabric has a more teal cast. Please note that this fabric has been dyed in 2 yard panels and if you order 4 yards, you will receive 2 panels of 2 yards each.
- Light indigo 40s muslin dyed in a fructose indigo vat. This is a beautiful light blue shade, ever so slightly lighter than the medium and a brighter and clearer. It’s close to Pantone 18-4032 TPX and a lovely, silky fabric. This fabric has been dyed in longer lengths and will be cut to order.
Handwash these fabrics with like colors. Do not use bleach of any kind and line dry.