Natural Fibers

Fibers that are from plants and animal fibers

Cotton is a soft, white, downy fiber attached to the seed of a cotton plant

Characteristics of cotton are: Strong and durable, Absorbent, cool to wear, shrinks in hot water, and wrinkles easily.

Proper Care: Machine wash, Tumble dry at moderate temperatures, and also press with warm to hot iron.

Uses: Underwear, Socks, Shirts/Blouses , Jeans, and Towels/Sheets.

The fiber that forms the coat of sheeps.

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, and affected by moths.

Proper Care: Dry clean or hand wash in cool water and mild detergent , do not place in dryer, and press with cool iron

Uses: Sweaters, Tailors suits, Coats, Blankets, Upholstery, and Rugs/Carpets

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, and can be expensive

Proper Care: Hand wash or dry clean, and Iron while damp

Uses: Pants, Blazers, Table liners, and Upholstery

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, and Weakens with exposure to sun and perspiration.

Proper Care: Dry clean and hand wash, and Press on wrong side with warm iron

Uses: Wedding gowns, Lingerie, and Men's ties

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