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  • Processing Cotton


    The cotton is harvested with a "cotton stripper," which pulls everything off the stalk.

  • Processing Cotton


    It then gets loaded into a cotton module builder.

  • Processing Cotton


    A module of cotton is essentially a giant block of cotton (shaped like a loaf of bread) that enables large amounts of cotton to be transported easily. From here, it gets sent to the cotton gin.

  • Processing Cotton


    It arrives at the gin, where the cotton is processed to remove seeds and assorted "trash" (sticks, stems, burrs, etc.).

  • Processing Cotton


    After it goes through the gin, the cotton (now cleaned of its seeds and stems) gets wrapped into a bale (about 500 pounds) and loaded onto a truck.

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    The bales arrive at the warehouse in Lubbock, where it is stored and later shipped to spinners like Parkdale Mills.

From Seed To Shirt: Vlogs

earables Editor C.J. Mittica witnessed the making of apparel firsthand with a multinational trip that took him from Texas to North Carolina to Honduras. Check out his videoblog posts from each step along the way as you follow his journey.

Watch the videos in the custom player at left, or on YouTube by clicking on the videos below.