Cotton production in Armenia

up:date, 06 10 2021 by Jans Bock-Schroeder

On his documentary journey through the former Soviet Union, Bock-Schroeder photographed and documented cotton production in Armenia.

Cotton Pickers Armenia 1956
Cotton Pickers, Armenia 1956

Armenian clothing reflects a rich cultural tradition. Wool and fur were used by Armenians followed later by cotton which was harvested in the fertile volcanic soils of the Armenian Land.

Agriculture in Armenia

Cotton has been cultivated in Armenia since the era of the United Soviet Socialist Republic.

Cotton Picker Armenia 1956
Cotton Pickers, Armenia 1956

During this time, Armenia produced extensive cotton, which was used in local textile production as well as exported to Central Asian countries.

Cotton Pickers Armenia 1956
Cotton Pickers, Armenia 1956

Leftover cotton is used for the production of cellulose, while the seeds are processed into vegetable oil or used as livestock feed.

Cotton Picker Armenia 1956
Cotton Picker, Armenia 1956

Cotton factory in Maralik

Armenia resumed cotton production in 2019 with the construction of a cotton production plant in Shirak province. Armenia and Russia are the primary focus markets.

Cotton Picker Armenia 1956
Cotton Pickers, Armenia 1956
Praying women, Etchmiadzin Cathedral Armenia, 1956
Praying women, Etchmiadzin, 1956

Procession in an Armenian Church
Vazgen I, Armenia 1956

The youngest Catholicoi in the history of the Armenian Apostolic Church.


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