• Characteristics:
  • Strong and durable


    Cool to wear

    Shrinks in hot water

    Wrinkles easily

  • Proper care:
  • –Machine wash

    –Tumble dry at moderate temperatures

    –Press with warm to hot iron

  • Common uses:
  • Underwear


    Shirts, blouses


    Towels, sheets


  • Characteristics:
  • Natural insulator; warmest of all natural fibers

    Soft and resilient

    Naturally flame retardant

    Absorbs moisture more slowly than cotton

    Shrinks if machine washed or dried unless chemically treated

    Affected by moths

  • Proper care for untreated wool:
  • –Dry clean or hand wash in cool water and a mild detergent (according to garment label)

    –Do not place in dryer

    –Press with cool iron

    Common uses:

  • Sweaters
  • Tailored suits
  • Coats
  • Blankets
  • Upholstery
  • Rugs, carpets
  • Flax

  • Characteristics
  • –Durable and strong

    –Lustrous and smooth

    –Comfortable and cool to wear

    –Wrinkles easily

    –Creases difficult to remove

    –Can be expensive

  • Proper Care:
  • –Hand wash or dry clean (according to garment label)

    –Iron while damp

  • Common uses:
  • –Pants


    –Table linens



  • Characteristics:
  • –Luxurious appearance and feel

    –Strongest of all natural fibers

    –Drapes nicely


    –Easily spots if fabric becomes wet

    –Weakens with exposure to sun and perspiration

    Proper Care:

    –Dry clean or hand wash (according to garment directions)

    –Press on wrong side with warm iron

    Common uses:

    –Wedding gowns


    –Men’s ties

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