Cottons bearing lints of many colors were domesticated in the the Americas and South Africa about 5500 years ago. The inventions of mechanical spinning and processing equipment along with the development of inexpensive chemical dyestuffs in the late 18th Century favored white cotton production on an industrial scale. This left the naturally colored cottons to the gardens of those who still appreciated their special beauty and possibilities.
Sally Fox has been breeding and growing organic cotton since 1982. Through classical plant breeding, she’s developed varieties of cottons whose lint grows in shades of brown and green that can be machine spun. Her brown cotton varieties are as flame resistant as wool.
Vreseis Limited was formed in 1986 to sell the products of the breeding program to support it’s expenses. Foxfibre® Colorganic® are the trademarks used to describe the cottons bred by Sally. Sales and donations support this organic breeding program in one way or another.
This wool yarn is made from my organic naturally colored merino sheep. It is spun at Green Mountain Spinnery in Vermont.
Foxfibre® yarns of various weights are available on cones and skeins. Most are raw (unboiled and color not developed) but some are boiled so that the color is fully fixed.
Currently one fabric made from “Buffalo” brown cotton is available. The yarns have not been washed, and color intensifies with up to 20 washings.
We are very happy to once again offer lovely socks made with either Foxfibre® Colorganic® “Buffalo” brown or “Palo Verde” green Cotton.