Cotton Punis and Cotton Fiber for Spinners and Weavers
‘Puni’ is a term traditionally used to describe short staple fibers like cotton after hand carding and rolling off into a small, thin roll. Basically, it’s a mini Rolag, much smaller and tighter. Punis originally refer to fiber prep for cotton. Cotton has an extremely tiny staple length and so carding it up and rolling it up tightly on a stick created an easier way to spin and work with the fiber. The fibers are carded and blended using hand cards and then carefully rolled up tightly on a stick or knitting needle to create compact, easy to manage little bundles of fiber for spinning.
White Cotton Punis
WHITE COTTON PUNIS – Ready-to-spin, cotton punis are the perfect companion fiber for the Charkha, although they can, of course, be spun on any wheel. The way the punis are prepared from cotton fiber makes spinning cotton a pleasure. They are the perfect size to carry around for portable spinning on your drop spindle. They come in 4 oz bundles. Approximately 40 punis per bundle.
Brown Colored Punis
COLORED COTTON PUNIS – Naturally colored, non-dyed Cotton Punis Ready-to-spin, naturally colored cotton punis are the perfect companion fiber for the Charkha, although they can, of course be spun on any wheel. The cotton color is natural and is non-dyed or unbleached. The way they are prepared makes spinning cotton a pleasure. They are the perfect size to carry around for portable spinning on your drop spindle. They come in 4 oz bundles. Approximately 40 punis per bundle . 4 oz (100 g) bundle – Approx. 40 punis.
Brown Cotton Lint
BROWN COTTON LINT – Naturally colored cotton for spinning cotton. Make a puni from the brown lint or use the lint in any way to spin on your favorite wheel. Almost all cotton fibers produced in the world are white; however, lint and fiber of some cottons occur in colors ranging from white to various shades of green and brown. The color of cotton fiber is due to the presence of pigments intermingled with cellulose. It is a genetically inherited characteristic resulting in different shades of green and brown. Colored fiber cotton has been grown and used in textile products from indigenous populations of the Americas for centuries. There is currently growing interest worldwide in the use of clothing made from naturally colored cotton without the use of dye.