Cotton, Silk, Wool, and Flax
Cotton: Soft, white, downy fiber (boll) attached to the seed of a cotton plant.
- Most widely used of all natural fibers
- -strong and durable absorbent
- Cool to wear
- Shrinks in hot water/wrinkles easily
Silk: Fine, lustrous fiber that comes from a cocoon spend by a silkworm.
- Luxurious appearance and feel
- strongest of all natural fibers
- Drapes nicely
- Easily spots if fabric becomes wet
Wool: The fiber that forms the coat (fleece of sheep.
- Warmest of all natural fibers
- Soft and resilient
- Absorbs moisture more slowly than cotton
Flax: The fiber that comes from the stem of a flax plant.
- Grown and harvested primarily in Eastern Europe
- Durable and strong
- Lustrous and smooth
- Comfortable and cool to wear
- Wrinkles easily
- Can be expensive
- Creases difficult to remove