Natural Fibers

Cotton, Wool, Flax, and Silk


Is the soft, white, downy fiber (boll) attached to the seed of a cotton plant. Cotton is most widely used of all natural fibers . Cotton is strong durable and absorbent. It also shrinks in hot water and wrinkles easily. The proper care for cotton is to machine wash and tumble dry at moderate temperatures. Press with warm to hot iron. Cotton is mainly used for clothing.


Wool is the fiber that forms the coat (fleece) of sheep. Wool is the warmest of all the natural fibers and it is naturally flame retardant. Wool does shrink if machine washed or dried unless chemically treated. Common uses for wool are sweaters, coats, blankets, and upholstery. Proper care for wool is to dry clean or hand wash in cool water. Do not place in dryer.

Unprocessed Wool


Flax is the fiber that comes from the stem of a flax plant. It is grown primarily in Eastern Europe. Linen is made by weaving or knitting flax into fabrics. Common uses for flax is pants, blazers, table linens, and upholstery. Flax is durable and strong , it's lustrous and smooth and comfortable and cool. The proper care for flax is to hand wash and dry clean and to iron while it is damp.  


Silk is the fine, lustrous fiber that comes from a cocoon spun by a silkworm. Silk is primarily produced in Asia. Silk is strongest of all natural fibers. It is also expensive. Silk weakens with exposure to sun and perspiration. The proper care for silk is to dry clean or hand wash and press on wrong side with warm iron. Common uses for silk is wedding gowns, lingerie, and men's ties.

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