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The Whakapapa of our Cotton (Part 3/7) Spinning the threads

The Whakapapa of our Cotton (Part 3/7) Spinning the threads
From a ball of cotton, not dissimilar to what you may have under your bathroom sink, to a finer and finer thread, our cotton is processed into threads after it leaves the Gin. One of the worlds most ancient skills and technologies transformed into a highly refined, industrial process that enables the production of the fabrics we clothe our bodies with each day. Continue reading

Ko wai mātou? Who are we? Chapter 2.

Ko wai mātou? Who are we? Chapter 2.
A little about us, me, and how although I'd love to leave myself out of the AHO narrative, the journey and the fabric itself is interwoven and inextricable from my journey and the whakapapa of our whānau.  Here's a little about how we came to be where we are. Continue reading

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