SOWING: Selected and saved seeds are treated with fresh cow dung, and then briefly sun-dried before they are manually sown after the first monsoon shower, usually between end May and early June.  


    HARVESTING: Once the bolls mature, cotton is harvested over two-three pickings, by local women, usually between November and March. Black drongos keep them company, as do their chatter and songs. 

      GINNING: A process of separating cotton fibre from the seeds. Harvested cotton makes a short journey from the fields to a small-scale ginner in the same village where the cotton is grown. The ginned cotton lint is stored carefully, un-compressed, non-baled.


    SLIVERING: A process where the cotton lint goes through various processes like blowing, carding, combing, and drawing, to finally become roved cotton, wound around a cone. Currently, this is a centralised process under the aegis of the state.


    SPINNING: A process where cotton sliver is drawn to the desired fineness with required twist, resulting in a yarn which is convenient to use on the loom. Brown cotton yarn is ambara charaka spun.

    WEAVING: A process of continuous intersecting of weft yarn with that of the warp in some form of over and under crossing, resulting in converting thread into fabric. Our fabrics are always handwoven, on a frame loom. The weavers we work with are the first to use brown cotton yarn both in warp and weft.

    Natural dyes of indigo, kasimi, manjishta, alizarin, areca and pomegranate peels are set off with the natural brown to add play to the textile