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Thread: This is what fabric looks like before you buy it/100% cotton

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    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
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    I went through a cotton gin many years ago. They weren't making fabric that I recall. It was in Southeast Missouri.
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    wow .....something to see.....very interesting....only conifers(black spruce) up here ....ha ha ha....no cotton but paper.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarLeClair View Post
    O.K. Loved the pictures. If we grow cotton here in the US why don't we produce fabric? When we were in France we saw the unbleached fabric coming in to a manufacturer, then made into usable fabric. If I'm not mistaken the raw material was coming in from India. What do we do with the cotton after it is grown and cleaned? Not trying to start anythng but seems like if we can grow it we could make material. It irks me no end to think that we in the US don't make anything anymore. Oh gosh, here I am ranting. I better get a cup of coffee. Sorry.
    wondering right along with you .......and I've already had my 2nd cup...

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    Thanks for the pictures. They were very informative.

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    My grandfather grew acres and acres of cotton. I use to ride on the end of the cotton sack while my mama picked cotton; then as I got old enough, my sister and I had to pick cotton. Oh yes, there were all sizes of cotton sacks. It's hard work and that fluffy ball of cotton is surrounded by THORNS!! We used to love climbing on the sides of the cotton truck and jumping down onto the warm soft cotton!!!

    This sure brings back memories!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in WA View Post
    How fascinating! Thanks for showing me something I have not seen!
    I always wondered how it was done. Thanks!

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    Me too. Memories of picking cotton in South Carolina when I was a kid. I think the farmer let us do it to keep us out of her hair. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy64 View Post
    Brings back childhood memories of cotton growing in the fields in South Carolina. Of course we picked it by hand then.
    Thanks for the pictures. Sandy 64
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    Cotton to cloth

    Great to see the photos! We have the same around here and its always easy to know when the cotton is being picked as it falls off the trucks and covers the sides of the roads with loose cotton, each year I always up some, not sure why just because it is so neat! This year we've noticed that the farmers aroud us are baling it in round bales instead of the loaf bales that fit in those special trucks. Need to find a farmer & ask why they have changed how they are baling.
    We also have a canvas bag that is ten feet long that the laborers used to hand pick the cotton. Had a shoulder strap to drag behind them on the ground between rows. When it was full they would go pick more. Now the machines do it and lots less sore fingers from when it was done by hand.
    Last edited by debs; 10-25-2012 at 11:00 AM. Reason: more info
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    nice information thanks for sharing!

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