Materials info

I have gathered here some basic information about few common textile materials. Always follow the care instructions of your own textile product.

Cotton

Cotton is the most widely used natural fiber.
The cotton fibres are gathered from the bolls of the cotton plant. The fiber is almost pure cellulose.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple and strong fiber.

The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile.
The biggest exporters are China, United States and Russia. Other exporters are for example India and Egypt.

Cotton is not the most ecological material since the cultivation takes a lot of water and pesticides.
It would be good to recycle all the cotton textiles. Recycled cotton is an ecological alternative.

Cotton can be washed often and with hot water in 60-95 degrees celcius.
Cotton textiles can be ironed with 200-220 degrees celcius.

Note that this a common information and concerns textiles made of 100% cotton. Follow carefully the care instructions of your own textile product.
Cotton is often used in mixed yarns and fabrics and in those cases the product must be taken care by the terms of the more sensitive material

Sources: wikipedia.org and punomo.fi 
picture: pixabay.com

Linen

Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant.
The fiber is very strong, absorbent and dries faster than cotton.
Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years.

Linen fabric feels cool to touch, it’s shiny and smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free. Linen textile gets softer the more it is washed.
Linen has poor elasticity and it wrinkles easily.
Linen fabrics can be washed in 40-60 degrees celcius.
Ironing in 200 degrees celcius

Sources: wikipedia.org and punomo.fi 
picture: pixabay.com

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