Previously we talked about the Care and uses of Cotton in this post we will go in depth about the different types of cotton listed in that post, their care and common uses associated with them. To start this fabric is made from a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including The Americas, Africa, and India. Listed below are just a few variations of cotton.
Different Types of Cotton-Gingham
A lightweight, washable, sometimes sheer stout lightly woven fabric, that is woven in checks, plaids or stripes. Along with muslin, gingham is often used while designing fashions and very often is used to make children’s clothing.
Types of Cotton-Gauze
A sheer, lightly woven fabric similar to cheesecloth. It is also made in silk. Cotton gauze by the yard is popular for garments such as loose peasant tops and full skirts and dresses because it is comfortable. This fabric has also become popular with designers and new mothers because it is so comfortable.
Types of Cotton-Percale
A lightweight, closely woven, sturdy fabric that can be found printed in dark and light colors. Percale was originally imported from India in the 17th and 18th centuries, then manufactured in France.
Types of Cotton-Flannel
A plain or twill weave with a slight nap on one or both sides. May be used in all different types of traditional clothing such as trousers. Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain in it’s original state. It is also known to have a shaggy look. Flannel is most often used for night apparel and for children’s clothing because it is so soft.
Types of Cotton-Seersucker
A lightweight cotton fabric crinkled into a lengthwise stripe.When seersucker was first introduced in the United States, it was used for a broad array of clothing items because it is comfortable, light weight and easily washed.
Different Types of Cotton-History of Cotton
Although it is unclear where cotton originates from, the largest producers are China and India with annual production anywhere from 27-34 billion bales a year. Most people don’t notice, but cotton is used to create many of the vital necessities of the world such as bed sheets, towels, robes, jeans and even the shirts on our backs. Regardless of the type of cotton itself, it is used in our everyday lives for many different purposes. In addition to the textile industry, cotton is used in fishing nests, coffee filters, tents and for bookbinding.
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All about Cotton-Care and Use of a Versatile Fabric
We all love cotton and wear it, but do we really know what it consists of, where its mostly made or anything specific about its production? This fabric is made from a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including The Americas, Africa, and India. There are four commercially grown species of cotton:
Gossypium Herbaceum- less than 2% of the worlds population.
Gossypium Barbadense- 8% of the worlds population.
Gossypium Arboreum- 2% of the world population.
Gossypium Hirsutum– which is considered upland cotton that makes up 90% of the world population.
The largest producers are China and India, with annual production anywhere from 27-34 billion bales a year. Most people don’t notice, but cotton is used to create many of the vital necessities of the world such as bed sheets, towels, robes, cambric, coffee filters, jeans and even the shirts on our backs. In addition to the textile industry, it is used in fishing nests, coffee filters, tents and for bookbinding
Cotton, on average, is mostly made up of about age 80-90% cellulose. Containing 6-8% water, 0.5-1% of waxes, 0.1.5% of protein, 4- 6% of hemicellulose and pectin’s and 1-1.8% ash.
There are several different types of cotton fabric about over 2,500 distinguished by structure, appearance and purpose. Here are some just to name a few.
Gingham: lightweight, washable, stout fabric is a sheer, lightly woven stout fabric that is woven in checks, plaids or stripes
Gauze: sheer, lightly woven fabric similar to cheesecloth. Is also made in silk
Percale: light weight, closely woven, sturdy fabric that can be found printed or in dark or light colors
Flannel: plain or twill weave with a slight nap on one or both sides
Seersucker: lightweight cotton fabric crinkled into lengthwise stripe
The durability and versatility of this fabric is what makes it a prime choice for our everyday items and luckily it is also very easy to care for cotton. Cotton can be machine washed and dried with no ill effects. To prevent bleeding, similar colors should be washed together on the specific heat setting for that color family. To keep your garments from stretching, dry the article half in the dryer and half on the line. Towels can also be kept soft by using only half of the recommended detergent because detergent residue erodes cotton.
Treasure Box Kids attended a Fall Fabric Show in the heart of Miami last month to source some of the best and highest quality fabrics around.
Many great vendors were on hand at the show displaying a vast amount of wonderful fabrics. I was on hand to look for soft velvets and other fabrics for the Treasure Box Kids new line of kids clothing Made in the USA Inspiration for the Fall 2015 holiday styles start with Treasure Box Kids sourcing materials.
Fall Fabric Show
We were also looking for new sequined and embroidered Organza fabrics for our Birthday Dresses as well as soft crepe linings for our girl’s dresses. High-quality Organza, Crepes, and Satins are very important when we design a girls dress for our Made in the USA line. We want the softest and most durable fabrics for our girl’s line of dresses. I was also impressed with the great assortment of quality cottons at the fall fabric show which gave us great inspiration for summer dresses for 2015 as well as for the Fall of 2015. The vendors gave us quite an education and an assortment of information on the manufacturing process of some of their fabrics. We were pleased to choose vendors that offer a vast assortment of quality fabrics.
Fall Fabric Show
When sourcing Treasure Box Kids looks to make sure that the fabrics we use are sourced ethically and that the materials used are compliant with the current Apparel and Household Textiles Compliance Requirements. That way you know that your child is wearing a garment that meets Treasure Box Kids quality as well as the US Governments safety requirements. A quality garment starts with a quality fabric and trims as well as a good design and fit. Quality fabric ensures a great fit and a garment that will stand up to multiple laundries.
Count on Treasure Box Kids to attend next years Fall Fabric Show in Miami and New York to source the newest, highest quality fabrics.