Melvenea Hodges is a teacher at Marshall school who also recently started a business called Tradition in Fabrics in South Bend, Indiana. (AP)
Ms. Hodges holds up a "skate" of cotton in South Bend, Indiana. (AP)
She works on her loom at her home. Ms. Hodges makes clothing out of cotton that she grows in her back yard. (AP)
Melvenea Hodges shows an outfit that she made out of cotton. (AP)
Bolls of cotton, open and ready to be harvested in Kansas. (AP)
Where does cotton come from? Miss H. grows it in her South Bend backyard!
She cleans it. She spins it into yarn. She dyes it many colors.
She weaves the cotton yarns. She makes lovely scarves.