Seed to Sheet - Tetra Organic story.

From Seed To Sheet...
Have you ever wondered how your Organic bed-linen came into being?



We'd like to share with you the special journey from seed, right through to the beautiful end product that you enjoy.

Background...

Our cotton is grown in a community of families in central India. 



The growers in that area are very fortunate in that the founders of the main local spinning plant, have been involved in farming cotton organically themselves since 1974 & they understand the requirements & potential pitfalls.

The community is strongly opposed to the use of chemicals. 

 As a result, the growing community enjoys a strong sense of integrity with purpose.

The principal crop is cotton, the cotton must be rotated & other crops are used, especially legumes, to restore fertility to the soil. Sustainability is more than a buzz-word here, it is fundamental to everything. Nothing is wasted & all needs are supplied within the community.

Growing...
It all starts with the seeds, which have to be certified organic, which means they cannot be genetically modified.

 Planted after the first signs of monsoonal rain in June, the annual deluge will ensure that the plants grow to maturity by October/November. 

 Soil fertility is paramount and a number of measures are taken to ensure this including, composting, the use of 'Bio-Dynamic 500' as an energizer for the actual crop, worm composting & fluids (castings), agnihotra (whereby dung & ghee are burned at specific times to enhance the energy fields), rock phosphate & gypsum.

All weeding is carried out by hand & the weeds are duly composted.

Insects are a much bigger problem as they have the potential to destroy the crop. No chemical sprays can be used of course & a number of devices are used to lure & destroy the boll weevils & other pests, including pheromone traps, light traps, bird stands & the manual collection of caterpillars.


When mature, the cotton bolls (flowers) are picked by hand, between 3 & 5 times per harvest. This is superior to machine harvesting, which is only done once per crop & cannot take into account the maturity of individual plants.

 Harvest is a joyful time & the whole community gets involved. A small acreage generates massive volumes of cotton bolls.

Manufacturing ...
The harvested cotton crop must first be fully cleaned in a series of operations at a ginning plant. 

The cotton is then compacted & baled, ready for transportation to the spinning mill. The cotton is formed into yarn, wound onto spools, & sent to the weaving factory.

Here the yarn is woven, warp & weft, into a variety of different fabrics, each with it’s own characteristics.
 Once the fabric is woven, it is then dyed with either solid colours or with prints, according to the customer’s order. Organic dyes are very costly & cannot contain any heavy metals, which can be toxic to the product’s user.

The woven, dyed fabrics are then transported to another factory for making into bed linen.

The Factory Manager is vitally interested in water conservation, growing organic produce on the site & is an active member of a local organic growing group.

 Great care is taken to ensure that each product is correctly made according to the specification.

Certification ...

When a cotton product is certified by Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) www.global-standard.org/ & carries a certification number, you can be sure that every step of the growing & manufacturing processes have been rigorously inspected.

You can also be sure that all those involved take great pride in their work & in the fact that they are playing their part in helping to create a better world.



Certified Organic Cotton is a vital part of humanity’s return to a truly sustainable way of living on this planet.

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