Growing India’s largest Fairtrade and organic cotton T-shirt
Made from 100 per cent Fairtrade and Organic Cotton, India’s largest T-shirt is 62 feet in length and 39.4 feet in width at the chest—almost the size of a full tennis court. It was made from yarn spanning 5140 km (well over the 3,643-km distance from Srinagar to Kanyakumari) and will be in The Limca Book of Records’ 2016 edition.
But behind each thread of fabric are the efforts of the Pratima Organic Grower’s Group in Odisha. Over 380 kg of seed went into making the cotton, which was used then to create a total of 5,140 km length of cotton yarn .The end result: 94 kg of fabric for the T-shirt.
The idea behind the project was to bring us closer to the producers and create awareness about their plight and issues, which we’re often oblivious to in our era of globalised mass production. To this end, 5,000 cotton patches, crafted from Fairtrade cotton, was then given to children and young adults across the country from both urban and rural backgrounds. Each of them wrote or painted a colourful message to express solidarity with the producers: the farmers and agricultural workers. Their messages were geared towards underscoring the theme of this project: “A Fairer World for Farmers and You”.
The final product was stitched at Suvastra, a factory that follows Fairtrade standards in Bangalore.
Fun Facts at a glance about India’s Largest Ethical T-shirt
- India’s largest T-shirt was made from 100 per cent Fairtrade and Organic Cotton grown by cotton farmers of Pratima Organic Grower’s Group in Odisha.
- The T-shirt measured 62 feet in length and 39.4 feet in width at the chest.
- Approximately 380 kg of seed cotton was used to create a total of 5,140 km length of cotton yarn which then became 94 kg of fabric for the T-shirt.
- 5,000 cotton patches were given to young adults and children from all over India, urban and rural. Each wrote or painted a colourful message expressing solidarity on the theme of “A Fairer World for Farmers and You”.