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. We offer two 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.
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.
Handwash both of these fabrics with like colors. Use no bleach of any kind and line dry.