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Curl Up With Coyuchi
Author: Gnaana


(Images courtesy of Coyuchi)

Starbucks put “fair trade coffee” on the map.  But what about “fair trade cotton?”  Cotton is such a large part of our lives – from the towel we use in the morning to the sheets we sleep on.  Fair wages and the non-existence of child labour should be the norm – whether it’s coffee or cotton, right?

Coyuchi certainly thinks so.  This California company is a pioneer in the application of the principles of fair trade cotton to the bedding and bath industry.  Not only are they fair trade certified, but they are also certified organic.  And guess where their cotton is produced?  Yup – India.

India accounts for about 16% of the world’s cotton production (second only to China).  But did you know that it is the world’s largest producer of organic cotton?  Roughly 50% of all organic cotton is grown in India (Turkey is second).  Coyuchi works with a single mill in India, which sources its cotton from a cooperative of 6,500 family farmers who grow organic cotton.  Farmers and mill workers are paid a fair wage, giving them the ability to afford health care and education for their families.  The company also works with the Chetna Project in India – an organization devoted to growing fair trade and certified organic cotton.

It certainly feels good when my family curls up with Coyuchi!

Featured above are the George Pillow Sham from the Baby collection and the Jersey Duvet Cover.  Learn more about organic and fair trade cotton at the Coyuchi Gallery .


Now I’m not one to advertise my political and social views on my kids’ clothes and such, but I think I may make an exception for these great finds.

Got a little butter thief?  Yehhailife has these hilarious “I Love Butter” Krishna tees.  Available in infant sizes. They also write an awsome blog about all things Indian (“With An Attitude.”) (Which we’ve been feautured in, thank-you-very-much. See the link in our Buzz page.)

And who can say no to Gandhi?  Tiny Revolutionary offers a great graphical tee featuring Gandhi’s famous “Be the change you want to see in the world” quote – available in infant, toddler and youth sizes.

Finally, the cute French boutique Coq en Pate carries a whimsical “Vegetable Power” shirt featuring adorable French illustrations on 100% organic cotton.  Available for purchase online from UK shop The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Unique, beautiful and (hopefully) inspiring!


As we say on our site:  Ancient India gave birth to a rich array of ecological ideals.  Of course modernity burried some of these ideals, but one of the movements that is (re)gaining ground in India is the push for organic and sustainable farming.  We sat down with Sonia Gupta, founder of My Little Pakora – a fabulous line of baby wear inspired by South Asia (and produced with organic cotton from India), who enlightened us about what it means to buy organic clothing:

  1.  Your clothing is certified by SKAL – what does that mean?
    SKAL is the certification for organic cotton production. What it means to the consumer is that you can be assured that the farms where your organic cotton comes from have been inspected. The inspection includes farm visits, examination of the soil, and review of samples taken from the farm to confirm that pesticides are not being utilized. 
  2. What percentage of the cotton grown in India do you think qualifies as organic?
    I would say around 32%.  As the demand for organic cotton grows I do foresee this percentage increasing.
  3. What do think is the most important immediate benefit to Indian farmers of growing cotton organically?
    I would say there are multiple benefits but one of the important facets is that the cost of farming is lower for the Indian farmer when growing organic goods. The investment into herbicides and pesticides can be extremely expensive and the use of these chemicals results in a “posioned land” – which not only affects the crops, but also the water and the adjacent land and villages.  On a positive note, the push for organic farming in the Indian community has lead to systems that are more sustainable and profitable.  The best part is they have learnt that you can rely on other methods for great crop production – pesticides are not the only answer. 
  4. What do you love most about dressing your daughter in organic clothes?
    I love that I am doing my part in helping Mother Earth. Aside from the sheer softness of organic clothes, by buying organic I know that I am supporting a eco-system that is sustainable! 
  5.  How do you encourage and educate your daughter about organic living?
    We do quite a lot, starting with recycling. She is finally at the age where she understands why we do certain things like limiting our water consumption when brushing our teeth and having a bath, turning off the lights when we are not using them, recycling paper for arts and crafts, and ensuring that all paper and plastic is recycled.  Actually, on recycling day she helps me sort items which is a great learning activity.

Thanks, Sonia, for this wealth of information!  And check My Little Pakora’s fantastic Thanksgiving sale here.


The shopping season has begun, and if you consider yourself eco and stylish, you can’t carry around those bright green reusable grocery totes now can you?  We found these cute cotton shopping bags from Himalayan Tapestry.  Made from 100% cotton and printed with vegetable dyes, the totes are large enough to carry you through an afternoon of shopping.

And the best part?  They’re handmade by Indian and Nepali women through a women’s development center whose mission is to train and afford women the opportunity to support their families.  All proceed from every sale are invested directly back into the development center – so they can reach out to more women.

Makes me feel a little better about myself when I’m handing over my plastic.  Check it out:


My poor daughter has been very neglected in the room-design department.  She inherited a yellow nursery from her brother, so I want her big-girl room to be extra-fabulous.  I’m liking these duvets:  Blissliving’s Harajuku (toned-down girly-glam) and Sanford Burrows’ Field Day (whimsical and intriguing).

I’m thinking I’ll kid-ify the room with a luscious wall color, a few playful pillows, and some mirror-embroidered drapes.  A satisfying mix of clean lines with just a hint of Indian antiquity?  We shall see.