Do you cotton to cotton? You aren’t alone. It seems everybody from decorators to athletes like cotton. Why? It is easy to sue and to live with. This versatile fabric is made from the flower of the cotton plant. Cotton soils and wrinkles easily, but it can be cleaned and ironed smooth again. Because cotton readily absorbs moisture and releases it quickly, it is an ideal summer fabric. Since it is simple to launder without harming the fiber, cotton fabric is ideal for slipcovers or other items that receive heavy use or require frequent cleaning.
Cotton is a favorite of upholsterers. It doesn’t unravel when cut; it stretches evenly without puckers; it feels smooth to the touch; it accepts dyes well; and is fade-resistant. It is far less expensive than silk or wool. And it is virtually non-allergenic.
Some heavy cotton weaves wear quite well. Cotton corduroy, sometimes referred to as cut velvet, wears very well. Batiste, broadcloth, calico, chintz, denim, gingham, percale, velveteen and voile were all originally fashioned only from cotton. Negative characteristics include wrinkling, shrinking and low abrasion resistance tendencies.
Next on the agenda, Linen.