Natural Fibers

4 Types

Cotton

Characteristics:
  • Strong and Durable
  • Absorbent
  • Cool to wear
  • Shrinks in hot water
  • Wrinkles easily

Uses:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shirts/Blouses
  • Jeans
  • Towels/Sheets

Care:

  • Machine Wash
  • Tumble dry
  • Iron (hot)

Wool

Characteristics:

  • Natural Insulator
  • Warmest of all Fibers
  • Soft and Resilient
  • Flame resistant
  • Absorbent (more than cotton)
  • Shrinks if machine washed or dried (unless chemically treated)
  • Affected by moths

Uses:

  • Sweaters
  • Tailored suits
  • Coats
  • Blankets
  • Upholstery
  • Rugs/Carpets

Care:

  • Dry clean or hand wash (cool water in mild detergent)
  • Do not machine dry
  • Iron (cool)

Flax

Characteristics

  • Durable and Strong
  • Lustrous and smooth
  • Comfortable and cool to wear
  • Wrinkles easily
  • Creases difficult to remove
  • Can be expensive

Uses:

  • Pants
  • Blazers
  • Table Linens
  • Upholstery

Care:

  • Hand wash or dry clean
  • Iron while damp

Silk

Characteristics

  • Luxurious appearance and feel
  • Strongest of all natural fibers
  • Drapes nicely
  • Expensive
  • Easily spots if wet
  • Weakens with exposure to sun

Uses:

  • Wedding gowns
  • Lingerie
  • Men's ties

Care:

  • Dry clean or hand wash
  • Press on wrong side with warm iron