Cotton is an amazing little gem of a plant, and it makes for some of the best fabric on Earth. It isn’t appropriate for every project out there, but it is certainly one of the most common and versatile of the textiles.
Here are four reasons you should love cotton fabric:
1. It’s Environmentally Sustainable
Because cotton is a plant, it is completely biodegradable and renewable. If you really want to work on environmental friendliness, choose cotton that was organically grown without pesticides. You might also prefer cotton fabric that was treated with natural dyes, or go for cotton that was never bleached or colored at all.
Cotton has numerous uses, not all of which include clothing, drapery, and furniture upholstery. Medical supplies, car tire cords and even foods all make use of some part of the cotton plant — no part of the plant goes to waste. When you combine all of these facts, it’s easy to see why cotton is such a major player in the global economy, as well as why it’s such a valued natural resource.
2. It’s Durable
Cotton has a high tensile strength and can stand up well to high temperatures. It does tend to shrink some, so it should be prewashed before making anything that requires its dimensions to remain unaltered upon completion.
Heavier fabric weights of cotton, such as denim, are excellent choices for children’s clothing as they will stand up better to the strain of heavy wear (but maybe not a good choice for a job interview though!). Even lighter fabric weights wear well, and can withstand numerous washings before beginning to deteriorate.
3. It’s Comfortable
Cotton fabric can be manufactured in a variety of weights, but even the heaviest of them are incredibly comfortable. Cotton is soft and has a reasonable degree of stretchiness, which allows it to move with your body rather than restrict it — provided you have cotton clothing in the correct size, that is.
It has remarkable insulating properties and can easily be treated to be water resistant without compromising the qualities we love about it. Its breathability helps to keep us cool in the warm weather and warm in cooler weather. Its high absorbency helps to wick moisture away from the skin, which makes it an excellent fabric choice for workout clothing or towels.
4. It’s Hypoallergenic
Unlike many synthetic fabrics, cotton does not irritate the skin. Its natural fibers make it an ideal choice for babies, who have sensitive skin, as well as for people suffering from asthma or allergies.
In addition, cotton fabric is dust mite resistant, which makes it a fantastic choice for bedding and window treatments in the bedroom. Because dust mites are highly allergenic for many people, this property only adds to the hypoallergenic efficiency of cotton fabric.
Cotton fabric has been a long-loved staple in the world of textiles, and it’s sure to stick around through any invention of synthetics. What do you love about cotton fabric? What have you used it for in the past? What were your experiences? Share your thoughts with us below!
Alex is a crafty freelance writer who loves DIY projects.