May 22 2019
Cotton is a soft fluffy fibre that grows into a boll or protective case around the seeds of the plants in the Gossypium genus. The fibre is almost pure cellulose.
The plant grows in tropical and subtropical regions including Africa, Egypt, India, Australia and the Americas. It relies heavily on herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, and takes a lot of processing so is less environmentally friendly than jute. However, there are organic options available.
The bolls are harvested mechanically in some areas or by hand. The fibres are then woven.
Cotton has been spun, woven and dyed since prehistoric times.
Cotton is biodegradable and extremely versatile. Different grades are available along with organic cotton.
Long-lasting and durable, the tight fine weave of the fabric is great for detailed print.