Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with it for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by Stitch, a London-based textile studio, is promoting the work created by spinners and weavers there, which is helping the community to recover from the earthquake that devastated their village in 2001. Contrary to the industrialization that swept through the region, kala cotton production is sustainable and holistic: kala only requires natural rainfall to thrive, and since it’s resistant to diseases and insect infestations, it is never treated with pesticides or other chemicals. The artisans’ textiles are being featured in Stitch by Stitch’s collections, and are now available for purchase.
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