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Natural Fibers

By: Destinee Taylor

Cotton

Characteristics: Strong and durable, Absorbent, Cool to wear, Shrinks in hot water, Wrinkles easily.


Proper Care: Machine wash, Tumble dry at moderate temperatures, Press with warm to hot iron


Uses: Underwear, Socks, Shirts, blouses jeans, towels, sheets

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Wool

Characteristics: Natural insulator; warmest of all natural fibers, Soft and resilient, Natural flame retardant, absorbs moisture more slowly than cotton, Shrinks if machine washed or dried unless chemically treated, Affected by moths


Care: -Dry clean or hand wash in cool water and a mild detergent (according to garment label). -Do not place in dryer. -Press with cool iron


Uses: Sweaters Tailored, suits, coats, blankets, upholstery, Rugs, Carpets

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Flax

Characteristics: Durable and strong, Lustrous and smooth, Comfortable and cool to wear, Wrinkles easily, creases difficult to remove, Can be expensive


Care: Hand wash or dry clean (according to garment label), Iron While damp


Uses: Pants, Blazers, Table linens, Upholstery

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Silk

Characteristics: Luxurious appearance and feel, -Strongest of all natural fibers, Drapes nicely, -Expensive, Easily spots if becomes wet, -Weakens with exposure to sun and perspiration


Care: -Dry clean or hand was (according to garment directions), -Press on wrong side with warm iron


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

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