We get our organic cotton from Katyi Ya’a, a collective made-up of 18 women who spin and weave locally grown, native, organic, naturally colored brown and white cotton.
The tradition of cotton and textile production is centuries old in San Juan Colorado, an indigenous Mixteco village on the coast of Oaxaca. The brown and white cotton we work with is native to the coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero.
The coast of Oaxaca and Guerrero, la Costa Chica, is one of the few sites in the world where naturally colored cotton originates.
The CDS (Consejo de Desarrollo Sustentable San Juan Colorado A.C.), works with regional farmers to save these semi-rare seeds and produce cotton for several manufacturers of natural cotton goods in Oaxaca.
The cotton is produced strictly on small plots, without pesticides and is frequently intercropped with corn.
For further information about the cotton you can contact Margaret MacSems:
Telephone USA: 530 419 5191
Telephone Oaxaca (Mexico): 951 219 3111
Telephone at workshop in San Juan Colorado (Mexico): 954 139 70 48