Cotton factory

In much of Saurashtra and northern Gujarat there are cotton fields that are being harvested at this time. Consequently, most towns in these areas have cotton processing plants which looked a bit snow factories to our children! We stopped at one to get a closer look at the raw cotton and before we knew it we were on a guided tour. Health and safety? Who’s watching anyway?

 

 

Cotton is picked by hand and then packed in large sacks and taken to the factory for processing.

 

 

 

All the factories in the area have these huge piles of raw cotton just waiting to be dived in to!

 

 

 

From there the cotton is hoovered up a pipe and in to the factory for cleaning and softening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eventually, after fluffing up the cotton, it gets crushed in to a bale weighing about 160kg.

 

 

 

Finally it is stacked ready to be taken to a textile mill where the cotton will woven in to your t-shirt.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, the seeds which were removed from the cotton are sorted by hand. The best will be used for re-planting the fields and the rest will be used as animal feed.

 

 

 

 

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Shops

I have already photographed a couple of the village shops but, just to give you a flavour of shopping in different parts of the country, I will post up some photos of shops. In Navsari, our nearest big town, there are hundreds of shops many of them are small and not much bigger than kiosks. There are no obvious chain stores and there is only one supermarket which is brand new.

Let's start with a bike shop, what else? No wonder Rachel Carter couldn't find a mountain bike to buy!

Let's start with the local bike shop. No wonder Rachel Carter couldn't find a mountain bike to buy!

Typical roadside and telephone kiosk. We called Arun on his birthday from here.

Typical roadside and telephone kiosk. We called Arun on his birthday from here.

'Pack it high, sell it cheap' seems to be the mantra.

'Pack it high, sell it cheap' seems to be the mantra

Hello, is that Birmingham?!

Hello, is that Birmingham?!

High fashion indeed

High fashion indeed

There is a constant queue for petrol and these boys will sell it by the pop bottle.

There is a constant queue for petrol and these boys will sell it by the pop bottle.

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Jobs

Over the coming weeks I will post up some pictures showing the different kinds of jobs people do. Since there are already quite a few farming/village photos elsewhere on the site, I will stick to some of the more unusual jobs.

Here is the vegetable man who comes to the village most days.  Many people walk between the villages selling anything from ice cream, fish, clothes to sweets.

Here is the vegetable man who comes to the village most days. Many people walk between the villages selling anything from ice cream, fish, clothes to sweets.

Everyday several people do the rounds selling different types of fish.

Tasty looking or what?

You can get your shoes mended on your door step.

Up and down most of the roads there are little shacks that fix bikes

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Cooking

Anya was a natural squatter

Anya was a natural squatter

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