The South’s Snow

I just couldn’t resist sharing with you the scenery of the SOUTH and in my area this time of the year.  It’s about the natural choice of COTTON!  We love using cotton in our clothing and in our homes.

This is where it starts – in the fields of the rural countryside with cotton as far as you can see!  It’s our version of SNOW – because it looks like the field is blanketed in the white stuff – and it is, but it’s COTTON.

Cotton fields look like a blanket of SNOW on the ground.....

These plants produce the cotton – picked by farmers in these huge cotton picking machines that move rather quickly in the fields.  Then it’s loaded in wagons to go to the cotton gin to be processed.

A line of wagons full of cotton roll into the cotton gin....

When I was a little girl, bales and bales of cotton would line the street of our small town all around the gin, waiting on its transportation to market. We used to play hide and seek around them, inside the warehouse and outside on the street.  I can still remember how they smelled in the warehouse….. Now, of course, the process moves much quicker but the starting point is still the same…..

I recently took a walk down memory lane when I stopped in the small town of Bostwick, when they were ginning cotton but also it was the location for the remake of the film, Footloose.  So, I stopped and took in some opportunities with my camera as well as visited the cotton gin location.

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COTTON, cool, soft, comfortable, the principal clothing fiber of the world. Its production is one of the major factors in world prosperity and economic stability. Cotton “breathes”. What would we do without cotton? Since cotton wrinkles, polyester was added to give it wash and wear properties for a busy world. In recent times, the consumer determined that polyester, although easier to care for, took away the cool from cotton and also added a “pilling” effect to cotton/polyester blends. Consumers now often request “100% Cotton”. Permanent finishes also added to the all cotton fabric gave a wash and wear property to cotton. cotton. The cotton fiber is from the cotton plant’s seed pod The fiber is hollow in the center and, under a microscope looks like a twisted ribbon. “Absorbent” cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in water and is stronger when wet than dry. This fiber absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, thus allowing the fabric to “breathe”. Cotton can stand high temperatures and takes dyes easily. Chlorine bleach can be used to restore white garments to a clear white but this bleach may yellow chemically finished cottons or remove color in dyed cottons. Boiling and sterilizing temperatures can also be used on cotton without disintegration. Cotton can also be ironed at relatively high temperatures, stands up to abrasion and wears well.

Mercerized cotton is treated to permanently straighten the cotton fibers which then becomes a smooth, rod-like fiber that is uniform in appearance with a high luster. Cotton is often blended with other fibers such as polyester, linen, wool, to “blend” the best properties of each fiber.


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