The Advantages of Cotton Fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

Cotton is a natural fibre that originates from the seed pod of the cotton plant. While cotton is not a perfect fabric and is prone to shrinkage, fading, losing its shape and other disadvantages, it remains the world's most widely used natural textile material.

A Green Fabric

The fact that cotton is an environmentally-friendly fabric is one of its strongest selling points, particularly during these times of greater environmental awareness. Cotton is a renewable resource, meaning farmers can plant and replant cotton crops each year, replacing them each time after the cotton is extracted. Cotton is also biodegradable, meaning that other living organisms can break it down and it won't take up space in landfills for countless years after disposal. It even comes in an organic variety, meaning the cotton plant grows without the aid of pesticides.


Cotton often is the first choice during hot summer months because of its inherent breathable quality which makes it cooler to wear. Cotton soaks up moisture easily and can take 20 per cent of its weight in water before it actually feels damp. After soaking up body moisture, the cotton allows the moisture to evaporate into the air, keeping your skin dryer and allowing it to breathe. This makes your body more comfortable in extreme climates.

Texture and Care

Cotton is an inherently soft fabric, making it suitable for the delicate skin of babies. Its gentle quality also makes it appropriate for people with very sensitive skin or skin allergies. Cotton is a user-friendly fabric and doesn't require any special care; you can toss it in the washing machine and hang it out to dry. Cotton is also durable; you can repeatedly wash it in extremely hot water and it will maintain its strong appearance.

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About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."