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This listing is for one hank of fair trade handspun recycled cotton sari yarn. It weighs about 100 grams (3.6 oz) and is approximately 100-105 yards. You will receive the exact skein shown in the photos - the 3rd photo depicts the reverse of the same hank and includes a penny for scale. This is the only hank available in this color combination; click here to see more available colors and quantities, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthcottWilson?section_id=5596925

This fun, colorful yarn is made by a women's collective whom I've worked with for years - your purchase helps these women escape poverty and send their children to school. This yarn is made from scraps of cotton fabric gathered from textile mills and apparel factories. The diameter and twist vary within each hank - weight is generally heavy dk to worsted. There may be a couple splices or discontinuities within each hank. This yarn may not be completely colorfast when wet, I recommend handwashing separately in cold water with a gentle detergent.

As you can see, this recycled cotton yarn is considerably less expensive than the same weight of my Super Premium recycled sari silk yarn. The popularity of recycled silk yarn and ribbon in recent years has led to much higher prices for silk scraps - years ago they were free or nearly so, now demand is high so mills and factories sell their silk trash for increasingly high prices. My women's collective is able to obtain cotton scraps at a much cheaper rate, and we're passing the savings on to you. Another advantage of recycled cotton yarn is the greater variation in color - casual cotton garments are manufactured in a wider range of colors than formal silk attire (which is dominated by red and pink). The disadvantage of this recycled cotton yarn is that it is not as soft and smooth as my Super Premium silk sari yarn.

Please note, the shipping rates quoted below are for USPS First Class. For a small additional fee, I can ship by Priority Mail instead [within the US, Priority shipping for this item would cost $4.90]. International buyers: convo me for a shipping quote if your country is not listed below, if you prefer Priority service, or if you wish to purchase multiple items.

Stored in my smoke-free, cat-friendly studio.

100 yards Recycled Cotton Sari Yarn, Fair Trade Handspun, 100 grams, 3.6 oz