Natural Fibres 101

natural fibres

For anyone who follows the fashion industry, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the growing interest in natural fibres over the past several years and it’s easy to understand why. People around the world are beginning to make changes in their lives in order to reduce their environmental footprint and the fashion industry is no exception; as time goes on you’ll continue to hear more about clothing designers striving to use only natural fibres that come from the Earth and aren’t irritating to the skin. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular natural fibres available today.

Cotton

Cotton plants are one of the most common crops in the world and are widely used in making all types of clothing as well as bedding and sheets. Millions of people around the world prefer cotton clothing as it’s soft on the skin, breathable, durable and easily cleaned in a washing machine. Try choose organic cotton wherever possible.

 Angora Wool

Angora wool comes from Angora rabbits and what makes them so special is that their hair growth is twice that of other species of rabbits. Considered by many to be a luxury fibre, Angora wool is incredibly soft to the touch as well as lightweight, easy to dye and very absorbent. It’s also the perfect fabric for people who suffer from wool allergies and is most commonly used to make knitted winter clothes such as scarves, gloves, socks and pullovers. But before you head out and buy your winter jerseys make sure you are choosing ethical angora.

Silk

Silk is spun by silkworms and is mainly manufactured in Asia. It is a popular fabric for warmer climates because it is lightweight, extremely soft, has as good absorbency and very gentle on the skin. Silk is a popular fabric choice for undergarments and nightclothes, as well as blouses and other high-end designer items of clothing. Again be sure to do your homework and buy ethically produced peace silk.

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