How are we trying to keep trash levels / Contamination low in Indian cotton ?
As we all know grade of Indian raw cotton especially Shankar 6 and MCU 5 is one of the best in the world in terms of luster, NEP levels and absorption. Its only basic problem is that of relatively high trash levels. However over years with better technique, hybrid seeds this problem has been controlled to large extent.
The question arises how has T T been managing it ?
T T is a spinner and understands the problem of trash levels for a spinner – no one can appreciate it better than a user himself.
T T has installed vision shield in one of its Ginning Factory to give specially Cleaned Cootton.
We have undertaken various steps to reduce trash levels, as enumerated below
- Kapas and the final cotton is all kept on cemented floor and not on mud/dust.
- Minimum human handling is done of the kapas while transfering it to the ginning machine.
- Workers have to tie their hair and hang a bag around their neck to pick any type of trash visible.
- All cleaning is done by cotton/cloth brooms – no jute or synthetic brooms are used for cleaning the premises.
- After ginning, the raw cotton is again hand picked for visible foreign particles, before sent for baling.
- Finally before baling, cotton is passed through ultra violet rays to remove left over trash.
- The cotton bales are packed in cotton cloth – NO PLASTIC OR JUTE MATERIAL IS USED FOR THE SAME.
As a result of all this, we are capable to provide raw cotton with trash levels between 2 to 3% in certain specific varieties like Shankar 6 and MCU 5. In case any spinner wants even lower levels, we can do special ginning and provide trash levels as low as 1.5% – the price would be about USC 2/lbs extra.
We as a spinner have also used Australian and West African raw cotton – the overall results of yarn are best with Indian raw cotton in terms of imperfection levels especially the neps.
If we are careful in buying Indian raw cotton and do not go for those very alluring few cents discount, we are confident that the quality of yarn would be par excellence – there cannot be a substitute especially for dyed fabric.