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Fabric Talk: How Is Cotton Made Non-Iron?

Fabric Talk: How Is Cotton Made Non-Iron?

Cotton grows naturally as a soft, white material in curly bales on the seeds of a tall plant.  From it comes a fabric that is soft on the skin and comfortable to wear.  But when it comes to business and dress wear, where a smooth and pressed look is expected, this has presented a textile challenge: how to create a dress shirt that keeps the desired polished look and yet still feels soft against the skin?  

Blended or Pure?

A common solution is to mix cotton fiber with another fiber such as rayon, wool or polyester.  The resulting fabric therefore combines the properties of the various fibers.  For example, polyester, a synthetic fiber with inherent wrinkle-resistant properties, is often combined with cotton to create a fabric consisting of 60% polyester and 40% cotton.  The result is a wrinkle-resistant fabric that still retains some of the softness of cotton.

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