Define: The soft white, downy fiber, (ball) at to the seed of cotton plant
Characteristics: strong and durable, absorbent, cool to wear, wrinkles easily
Proper Care: machine wash, tumble dry at moderate temperatures, press with warm to hot iron
Common Uses: underwear, socks, shirts, blouses, jeans, towels, sheets
Linen or Flax
Define: The fiber that comes from the stem of a flax plant
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, blazers, table lines, upholstery
Define: The fine, lustrous fiber that comes from a cocoon spun by a silkworm
Characteristics: luxurious appearance and feel, strongest of all natural fibers, drapes nicely, expensive, 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, lingerie, men's ties
Define: The fiber that forms that coat (fleece) sheep
Characteristics:Natural insulator, soft and resilient, naturally flame retardant, absorbs moisture more slowly than cotton, shrinks if mach washed or dried unless chemically treated, and affected by moths.
Proper Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cool water with mild detergent. Do not place in dryer and press with cool iron.
Common uses: Sweaters, coats, blankets, rugs, carpets, and etc.