Kala Cotton

Kala Cotton
Kala cotton, also known as Old World or desi cotton, is a traditional variety of cotton
native to India. It has been cultivated for centuries in the arid regions of Kutch in the
state of Gujarat. Kala cotton is well-adapted to the harsh climate of this region, requiring minimal water and chemical inputs, making it more environmentally sustainable compared to commercial cotton varieties.

One of the distinctive features of Kala cotton is its short-staple fiber, which is coarser
compared to the long-staple fibers of commercial cotton varieties. This gives Kala
cotton its unique texture, making it ideal for weaving into textiles such as sarees, dhotis and other traditional Indian garments.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Kala cotton due to its
sustainability and cultural significance. Many artisans and designers are now
incorporating Kala cotton into their collections, promoting its use as an eco-friendly
alternative to conventional cotton. Additionally, the revival of Kala cotton cultivation has also provided economic opportunities for farmers in the region, contributing to rural livelihoods and preserving traditional agricultural practices.