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Why was the cotton gin important? American History

By |2017-06-08T09:05:10+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Model of Indian cotton gin (1100s AD) When people in India first started to grow cotton, they picked the seeds out by hand before they spun the cotton into thread. By 500 BC, women in India used a rolling pin to get the seeds out of cotton. There's a picture of one in the [...]

Where does cotton come from? South America

By |2018-04-18T19:35:06+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, South America|

A cotton and alpaca wool cloth from Peru, about 200 AD (in the Brooklyn Museum) South America  was the first place in the world where people grew cotton to make clothing. Norte Chico people in northern Peru spun cotton into thread and wove it into cloth around 4000-3000 BC. By 1000 BC cotton cloth, and mixed cotton/alpaca cloth [...]