Is there anything more comfy than a soft cotton T-shirt? I live in cotton. Cotton shirts, cotton pants, cotton socks…..yep, I love my comfy cotton clothing.
As a gal growing up in the Midwest, I’m used to seeing crop fields. Fields of corn, fields of beans, fields of wheat but never fields of cotton. I saw my first cotton field last year. I don’t find the fields particularly attractive, nor do they seem well-organized like rows of corn or pretty like a golden field of wheat.
Seeing those fields from a distance triggers a curiosity. I wonder; does the raw cotton feel soft or rough? What does this plant look like up close? What does it take to turn this white fluffy stuff into a favorite shirt?
I’ve been parked on the far west side of Phoenix, Arizona for the past couple of months; just across from a cotton field. I know, who would have thought one could grow cotton in the desert? I’ve always associated cotton with southern states like Georgia, Mississippi, or Louisiana but never Arizona. It’s amazing what can grow in the desert with the help of irrigation.
With camera in hand, I check out these plants up close. I touch the raw cotton. It’s incredibly soft. The rest of the plant seems rough and unbending. I can’t imagine hand picking the cotton. I’m clueless about modern harvesting techniques but past practices are indelibly etched in American history. Actually cotton is a fiber rich in world history and dates back to B.C.
Fellow blogger, Rebecca over at Clanmother, recently wrote a post about a cotton mill in England and the industrial revolution. You can read about it here. As much as I may love wearing cotton, cotton has had a tremendous impact on so many lives over the years, much of it negative. Indeed, this plant is rich in history; providing wealth to the lucky and slavery to the unlucky.
Yes, cotton is an interesting and unique shrub. As I lounge around wearing one of my comfy cotton T’s, I have a new-found respect for all the work that went into the production of my favorite cotton garment; from the plant, to the yarn, to the stitching…..I love it and will treasure it even more!