One of the fun aspects of my job as a fabric sales representative is to do a lot of driving. I realize that not everyone likes to spend hours in the car day after day driving around, but I actually enjoy it. I grew up on a farm and I enjoy seeing the sky as the sun comes up or goes down, as well as catching rainbows as they appear out of the clouds. Last week I was in southern Virginia and eastern North Carolina. Both locations grow cotton. I took some pictures that you may enjoy.
As I was driving along, I saw these bales in the field that had been picked. These bales are long rectangles. They are covered with tarps until they can be picked up and transported, probably overseas to be made into cotton fabric.
Later in my drive, and after passing many fields that had been picked, I came upon this truck. I was surprised to realize it was carrying a round bale of cotton.
Notice the difference in how the field looks with the cotton ready to be picked and how it looks after it is picked.
I hope you have a new appreciation for where our fabric comes from!