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A brief history; cotton has been spun woven and dyed for thousands of years. Ancient Indians, Egyptians and the Chinese all used cotton in their daily lives. The earliest known cultivation was in Mexico about 5,000 years ago.
This indigenous species is the most widely planted today constituting about 90% of worldwide production. The greatest variety of species is still found in Mexico. It is the most widely used textile in the world today. It grows in the form of a ball.
It is fairly uniform with fibers ranging from 12-20 microns thick with the average length 7/8 to 1¼. It is breathable and soft and absorbent. It will retain about 25% its own weight and is stronger wet then dry. It can stand high temperatures.
How you dress can change your lifeWe live in our heads our whole lives. Each one of us perceive the world differently. How we feel about ourselves ultimately governs our experiences.Looking your very best can be an excellent way to start you on the path of higher self esteem. Care how you look and feel when you dress. Love each part of you.
Remember style and fashion are not created equal.
When everything is said and done all of our experiences are internal . So weather we are watching our son or daughter graduate , scuba diving in the clear waters of Kauai, at a job interview or picking out melons at the farmers market. We live in our heads . So wear clothes you love and express you personality.
FabricsHere are the ten most common cotton fabrics.
- Chenille is a wonderful plush and very sot fabric. You'll often see high end Chenille bathrobes and slippers in better retail stores.
- Denim a tough cotton twill fabric . You will usually see this fabric used for Jeans .
- Flannel Plain or twill weave finished with a nap on one or both sides. Flannel is used a lot.
- Gauze is a sheer and loosely woven. I've seen some interesting shrugs, and scarves.
- Jersey A stretchable knit fabric consisting of 2 ribbed fabrics joined together. T-Shirts, various
- Organdy is another very sheer thin fabric that is stiff.
- Polished is either a plain weave or a satin weave that is finished to appear shiny through a chemical process.
- Poplin is a very crisp fabric a varies weights. Used for jackets frequently.
- Terrycloth is an absorbent looped fabric used for its ability to absorb moisture. Bathrobes.
- Voile Is a sheer lightweight fabric. It is used in blouses and in layers over evening dresses.