A week ago we passed cotton fields on our way to Jerusalem and photographed the fluffy white gorgeous balls that occur when the flower matures. I showed you the beautiful cotton flowers two years ago in the month of July. The cotton blooms very briefly, after a short while the blossoms develop into pods which finally over a period of about three months ripen, then split open and reveal the cotton balls. The fields are left in the sun for more time to dry the balls and harvested before the rains start.
I picked a ball and felt the softness and the seeds in my hand. I was amazed how many hard little seeds were inside, I counted at least forty and I wondered how are they taken out? The process is called "cotton ginning", the fibers are cleaned from dirt and lint and the seeds are removed. Then the fiber can be spun into fine thread. From this all the wonderful goods labeled "100% Cotton" are created.
Photographs by Uri Eshkar.