Welcome to our new segment on men’s fashion. Today, we will be exploring the common men’s clothing material for both the top and the bottom. In case you do not know, today we will be talking about cotton. When we say cotton, a lot of people typically refer to the fabric. While this is partially true, we must break down the fabric into its specific thread. Therefore, cotton fabric is basically made up of cotton threads weaved together. However, we must understand more about cotton as a material, and why is it commonly used in fashion. Therefore if you are ready, then let’s dive straight in!!
Crafty Cuts Cotton Fabric (Source: Amazon.com)
WHAT IS COTTON?
Cotton is actually used to refer to the natural fibers of the cotton plant themselves. Surrounding the seeds of the cotton plant, there will be cotton fibers surround them in the form of a ball. It is these natural fibers which manufacturer’s extract and process, before spinning them into a thread or yarn. From here onwards, the cotton threads will then be weaved into the cotton fabrics.
Egyptian Cotton Gossypium Barbadense (Source: underthesunseeds.com)
The cotton plant belongs to the genus Gossypium, and from here there is a wide variety of types of cotton plants. The most common cotton is the short fiber cotton and also the long fiber cotton. Besides that, the more common types include the Egyptian, Pima as well as Supima cotton. In fact, the word Supima has started to become more popular especially in Malaysia. Recently, thanks to Oxwhite, which hails from Malaysia, more and more people got to know about Supima cotton.
White Mandarin Collar OxWhite (Source: Zalora.com)
While most people will associate cotton with clothes, cotton is also a surprisingly popular item for household decor, upholstery, undergarment, and other applications. You can say that cotton is so flexible, that almost 90% of the world’s product is fashioned from cotton. In fact, if it wasn’t for the Indians, that we have now the cultivation of cotton. In the next post, we will explore the benefits of cotton as well as the different types of cotton available.