There are many uses for cotton – clothing, medical gauze, bandages, towels, baby diapers, sheets, drapes, book covers, toys,shoes, glove liners, just to name a few.
In late fall the plants are tall, yielding the phrase High Cotton. The Urban Dictionary has three definitions for the phrase: well off in terms of happiness or wealth, having a lot of money, and coming into very good circumstances.
Fun cotton facts:
Fragments of cotton fabric dating back to 5,000 B.C. have been excavated from Mexico and Pakistan.
Wikipedia estimates 25 million tons of cotton are grown annually.
|This wad of raw cotton was on the side of the road. |
I think it looks a bit like a dragon or the
Loch Ness monster
The U.S. exports the most cotton.
During the late medieval period, Europeans believed imported cotton grew on plant-borne sheep.
About ¾ of an acre will yield 500 pounds (1 bale) of cotton.
Samples from cotton bales are tested and categorized into 14 grades of cotton based on color, fiber length, micronaire, strength, and other properties.
Harvested cotton is cleaned, combed, graded, spun, packaged, and shipped out without ever being touched by human hands.
Raw cotton and first drafts
|On the left, smooth cotton from my vitamins.|
To the right is my lumpy roadside cotton.
Big difference in appearance & texture.
Here’s hoping we’re all in high cotton for the forseeable future. Hey, anybody seen my manuscript comb?
DEATH, ISLAND STYLE coming Feb 2012