Cotton fabrics are the preferred choice for most people and win hands down when compared to synthetic fibres on a lot of counts. It is a natural fabric, hypoallergenic, very comfortable, and has a whole lot of other benefits. With the technological advances in the fabric and clothing industry, cotton has become a very universal and versatile material. But first, let’s look at a brief history of cotton.
History of Cotton
The early history of cotton is not known precisely; though it can be traced back to domestication. Cotton was being grown and woven into cloth around 3000 B.C. in the Indus Valley civilization and Egypt’s Nile Valley. Cotton was brought to Europe by Arab merchants around 800 A.D. By the 1500 and 1600 cotton had spread around the world, with India being the leading producer for quality cotton. It has an important place in the history of India, the U.S., and the British Empire. Today cotton is mainly produced in India, China, U.S., Uzbekistan, Brazil, Turkey, and Pakistan.
Advantages of cotton fabrics
- Cotton is hypoallergenic. It doesn’t cause allergies, irritate sensitive skin, or cause static electricity. For this reason, it’s the best fabric for sleepwear and undergarments.
- Cotton is natural and breathable and allows for air circulation. This helps in preventing fungi and yeast growth in dark and moist environments. Cotton bras and undergarments are comfortable and anti-chaffing, unlike synthetic materials.
- Cotton absorbs moisture easily and draws heat away from the skin. So, it is a perfect choice for the summers to keep you cool and comfortable.
- Cotton is versatile and can be combined with other fabrics like denim, calico, broadcloth, gingham, and other synthetic fabrics. Cotton can be mixed with synthetic fibres to create stretchable inner wears like slips.
- Cotton does not cling as it does not hold static electricity. So, go for cotton wear to avoid those embarrassing clingy garments.
- While cotton tends to pill, it is not permanent and sheds it in the washing process, unlike nylon, polyester, and other blends.
- Cotton wrinkles and fades easily, but you can always sharp it up with ironing and re-dying it. The slightly wrinkled and mildly faded cotton fabric gives you that authentic, vibrant, and hand-crafted ethnic-chic look for your everyday wear.
So just go ahead and wear cotton anytime and anywhere; at work, evening wear, casual wear, athletic wear, inner garments or just chill at home in your pajamas; and feel as great as you look in those cottons.
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