Natural Fibers

Olivia Gonzalez

Natural fibers are fibers made from plants and animals or any other natural materials.

Silk is a fine lustrous fabric that comes from a cocoon made by a silkworm. This fabric is mainly made in Asia and Madagascar. Being that it is the strongest natural fiber, it is very expensive and drapes nicely. To keep silk looking luxurious you should hand wash or dry clean your products. Wedding dresses, lingerie, and men's ties are all examples of apparel made from silk.

Wool is a fiber from sheep coats (fleece). Wool is mostly produced in Australia, South America, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. This material is the warmest of all natural fibers so it is soft and absorbs moisture. Ugg boot lining is made from wool from sheep in Australia. Proper care for wool is to dry clean or hand wash in cold water and you should not put wool apparel in the dryer because it will shrink.

Cotton is a soft white fluffy fiber that is attached to the seed of the cotton plant. Cotton is the most widely used fiber because it is strong, durable, and absorbent. This fiber is mainly grown in the southern states of the U.S.A. You can machine wash cotton and tumble dry at moderate temperatures. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, jeans, towels and sheets are all examples of products made with cotton.

Flax is a fiber that comes from the stem of a flax plant. Eastern Europe is one of the biggest producers of flax. The linen has a pattern made by weaving or knitting. Some common uses of flax is pants, blazers, table linens, and upholstery. Flax is also durable and strong with a comfortable feel. Flax can be expensive so you should take care of your products by hand washing or dry cleaning according to label instructions.

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