World Cotton Day is held annually on October 7 and brings together people who appreciate the many benefits of this fabric. Cotton is hypoallergenic, comfortable, strong, and durable, making it the perfect material for a variety of items. Taking a piece of cotton in your hands can only make you appreciate it even more.
The holiday was founded on October 7, 2019 in recognition of the countries of Benin, Burkino Faso, Chad, and Mali, which together account for 8% of the world’s cotton export. The World Trade Organization has also joined in on the celebration as a reminder of the importance of this product.
Historians believe that cotton was discovered in 12 BC by the Egyptians, who referred to it as “White Gold.” Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts in Tehuacan, Mexico that are decorated with cotton and fur from as far back as 2000 BC. Cotton was also grown in India, with cotton fabrics being found in one Indian province. More recently, in Pakistan, cottonseeds were discovered that are 9,000 years old.
- Cotton is one of the first plants ever cultivated by people.
- It is used for many different purposes, such as threads, cotton wool, and even explosives.
- Cotton is an excellent moisture absorber.
- It is stronger than wool.
- It is difficult to assemble by hand, so machines are used to assemble up to 800 kg of cotton at a time.
- In ancient China, cotton was valued even more than silk.
How to take part
If you are involved in the creation of cotton products, promote them. This is a great way to find potential collaborators and customers. Educate yourself about cotton and share your knowledge with others. Finally, take a look at your own belongings and appreciate how wonderful cotton is all over again.
When is World Cotton Day celebrated in 2023?
World Cotton Day is observed on October 7 each year.