ORGANIC NATIVE COTTON (Gossypium Barbadense)
This natural fiber grows in a range of beautiful, naturally occurring colors and does not need to be dyed. Cultivated in Peru for at least 5,000 years, it was found at the Citadel de Caral, the oldest known civilization in the Americas, and was named a part of Peru's National Heritage in 2004. A perennial shrub, it is naturally resistant to pests, drought, bacteria and fungal diseases and can be cultivated in both Peru's salty coastal soils and dry mountainous regions.
Once in danger of disappearing due to the lobbying efforts of commercial cotton cultivators, this native, naturally resistant fiber is now being sustainably grown on small artisanal farms in only two areas. We use this rustic and sublimely elegant material in its natural form in an effort to build appreciation and demand for this important part of Peru's unique biodiversity and the culture of craftsmanship that surrounds it.