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  1. Is this a group of women in Guerrero, a cooperative, and what is your role with them? What do you produce?
  2. That is interesting. I haven`t found green different in the spinning from brown. Perhaps there is some other part of the work with green that is difficult.
  3. The brown cotton from Peru, gossypium barbadense, was indeed brought to the States and was the basis of all the long-stapled brown cottons now grown mostly in Arizona and Texas. Peruvian white cottons were the basis of all the long-stapled white cottons, like Pima cotton, Egyptian, and Sea Island, the finest of the cottons. However, native Mexican cotton, gossypium hirsutum, is the basis of the world-wide cotton industry, comprising 95% of the cottons now grown for clothing. Sea Island was tried in the Sea Islands off Georgia and then on the east coast of the US but were destroyed by weevils. It is now only grown in the West Indies where it was originally discovered. Most green and brown cottons are indeed difficult to work with because their fibers are so short, near to 1/2". But you get used to it and the result is so spectacular. In my experience, green cotton is a bit easier to work with than the browns being that it is a tiny bit longer.
  4. This cotton is still being grown and seed being sold in the south. I am growing one variety, Arizona green, here. A beautiful little green, it will wind up in a shirt or two and in scarves for sale. Acadian cotton is a different variety from the others grown in the south. The main reason the plantation owners let the slaves grow colored cotton is that the they didn`t consider the colored cotton valuable.
  5. Ruth Papeleria on the corner of Privada Degollado and Flavio Romero in Chapala fixed my inkjet. I don`t know if they fix lasers.
  6. Unfortunately, I have seen no source for ordering seeds from Peru. Of course, that would be the easy way to obtain fiber from there. Dr. Nunez says there are many artisans in Morrope that work with the colored cotton but lists no contacts. There are many reports and pictures as well as garments of blue, red and yellow cotton. At least, I`m willing to go to Peru and see what I can find! Will let you know when I get back.
  7. Yes, they have it on their site, but it comes from China. On the slow boat. And I just got a note from them that the slow boat just got slower because of a particular virus that is they're having a bit of problem with. Thanks, both, for looking out for me!
  8. I know those cottons well. (Been at this for 40 years.) I`ve grown their cottons from their seeds, spun it, wove it. I have plants here on my property from Guerrero. Some of the cooperatives from Guerrero have been to the Feria. Brown and green cotton is common but the blue, red, yellow can only be found in the mountains of Peru. Thank you for your suggestions, bmh.
  9. Yes, I know her. I was one of the original testers for her. I`m looking for the Mother Lode where Sally`s seeds came from. I`ll have to go to Peru for what I want.
  10. They still do. I have those and have been working with them for 40 years. I`ve worked with all the Peruvian derivatives available in the US. But now I have a hankering for the real thing from where the seeds they use in the States came from. The originals, the deep colors from the jungles of Peru. Thanks for your suggestion.
  11. Has anyone been to any of the colored cotton growing regions in Peru? I`m interested in obtaining fiber and seeds that is deep brown or green, blues, reds and yellows and want to know how to go about finding this fiber either from the Lambayesque or Arequipa regions.
  12. I need tubing that is elastic, stretchable - surgical tubing. It does not exist in the medical supply place on the carretera in Ajijic, nor in any of the famacias.
  13. There`s a reason! I`ve been using a heater extensively this season and want to find out how poor I`m going to be after the next CFE bill so I can prepare myself. Should I begin learniing about wild foods to cut down my food bill? But, it sounds like one cannot, indeed, learn how much one owes in the moment, between billing periods, by consulting the machine. That`s what I wanted to do. Standing in a line in the building is not enough fun. Thanks, community, for this wisdom-gathering-in-the-round!
  14. Can one take one`s last bill to the CFE computer and find out one`s current balance even between bill dates?
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