Pakucho is lusciously soft, and lofty. This spinning fibre is both Organic and Fair Trade, it comes from Peru. Organic cotton is gorgeous to spin with, just make sure you have your wheel set up to spin at a fairly fast pace, and use a long-draw method (I use assisted long-draw). I have been spinning almost exclusively with organic cotton for the past few years, except for the occasional dip into bamboo, soysilk, ingeo, linen etc., and I love it more and more. This may be too challenging to a new spinner, in which case you may want to try some of the other fibres available here. but don't worry, cotton is not as hard to spin as you might think, just take your time, and enjoy.
After spinning cotton, you can boil it in plain, untreated water to set the twist. With naturally pigmented cottons like this one, the colour will slightly deepen the longer you boil it. (5 minutes to 2 hours). The colour also gently 'cures' over time and sets in to an even deeper, richer tone.
This yarn is EKO Certified Organic by USDA, GOTS, Control Union, SKAL & Certified Fair Trade by Control Union Fair Choice, it has been made for Vegan Yarn by Peru Naturtex.
"Grown on small farmyard plots by rural artisan and [indigenous] families, native cotton cultivation supports self-help development programs for the benefit of peasant communities and urban women's migrant co-operatives. In the High Jungle of Peru, native cotton has already replaced several thousand hectares of clandestinely cultivated coca leaf from which the fatally addicting cocaine paste is synthesized. Today, hundreds of Indian peasant farmers benefit from the revival of native and organically grown cotton." -Peru Naturtex/Pakucho