Behind the scenes
Kowtow headed to India to document their entire cotton chain from seed to garment. The outcome is a short documentary filmed and edited by Boofa from ihadhippyparents. Music titled ‘I’ve Seen It’ by Ryan Prebble.
CHAI BREAK - The ginning mill where Kowtow's cotton crop is processed has an efficient yet relaxed environment and this employee is having a well deserved chai break.
SEEDS - This employee keeps the pile of cotton seed manageable for the workers who then pack the seed to get ready for processing into cotton seed oil at another location.
GINNING MACHINES - This employee tends to the 12 or so ginning machines. These machines separate the cotton seed from the cotton lint.
FARMER - This farmer is one of the many marginalised farmers that works for a fairtrade cooperative that supplies fairtrade organic cotton to Kowtow's factory in Kolkata.
UNPACKING - These workers are emptying sacks of freshly delivered organic cotton. Once emptied the cotton is fed into giant tubes which suck it to the ginning machines which separate the cotton lint from the cotton seed.
STORE ROOM - These workers move pure cotton lint into big piles ready to be sent to cotton packing machines. The rooms where cotton lint is stored are humidity controlled to keep the lint in perfect condition.