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The whakapapa of our cotton: From Field to Fibre. Chapter 4

The whakapapa of our cotton: From Field to Fibre. Chapter 4

From the Fields, we followed the cotton to the next stage of the process. Cotton Ginning is the process of separating the cotton fibers from the cotton seeds that they protect.
The 'Gin' is a massive complex where the the freshly picked cotton is taken by the sack for processing. As we approached the Gin, trucks and ox carts lined the road. Bulging and overflowing with cotton. 

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Whakapapa and Cotton. Where the threads intertwine.

Whakapapa and Cotton. Where the threads intertwine.
We talk about whakapapa often as it relates to us as people, but all things have whakapapa.
This is cotton, ready to harvest. Like us, it too is defined by the whenua on which it stands, by which it is nourished. It is intertwined in the lives and whānau of the community who sow, grow, harvest and depend on it for their whanau's livelihood. Continue reading