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So before we answer this question, we should define cotton fabric!

Cotton is good for all seasons, because it keeps the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cotton itself is an amazing natural fiber, that has incredible characteristics. First of all it is super soft, which makes it very skin friendly and smooth. Cotton is a natural product and because of the way it is designed and manufactured into clothing, it has many advantages, such as:

  • Moisture Control: Cotton fabric is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body. It is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin. 
  • Insulation: Cotton clothing is protective against heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation.
  • Comfort: Cotton clothing is soft and stretches easily. 
  • Durability: Cotton has a high tensile strength, making it strong, durable and less likely to rip or tear.
  • Weatherproof: Cotton fabrics can easily be manufactured into weather-resistant clothing, yet the cotton fabric will retain its comfort and breath ability.
  • Hypoallergenic: For those with skin allergies, wearing cotton is recommended. Cotton is    hypoallergenic and does not irritate skin.

    Have you ever thought about why most cotton or wool clothing items contain not only one fabric? Most of the times cotton clothes are combined with some synthetic fiber like Acrylic or Polyester. So why is that?

    Cotton and cotton blends (cotton blended with some other fiber) are used to make different types of clothes such as sweatshirts, t-shirts, dresses, and pants. Although many people believe that pure cotton clothing is better than cotton blends, they don't know about the advantages of cotton blended with some other fiber. The main difference between those clothes that contain a second fiber and those who don't is, that cotton tends to wrinkle easily and it's maintenance needs special attention, whereas most cotton blends are wrinkle free.

    Pure cotton clothes tend to shrink over time, especially if they are not maintained properly. Thus, they need a lot of attention to keep them looking good. Furthermore cotton keeps smell easily. That means, if you are cooking or smoking in a closed room, your clothes will take in the smell and keep it for a long time. Cotton blended with other materials is used to get the maximum benefits out of both cotton and the other material. Although many people assume that pure cotton is better than cotton blends, cotton blends are mostly stronger and easier to maintain than cotton. Materials such as Acrylic , Polyester or Linen are some examples. When those synthetic fibers are blended with cotton, the fabric has a shine and a unique texture that cannot be found in pure cotton fabrics.

    Most winter clothes are made from different types of material. Acrylic and Cotton are two popular choices to keep you comfortable in any chilly, cold environment. Acrylic or Polyester are man-made synthetic fibers. Items made of this material are inexpensive and don't typically have any special washing instructions. Acrylic clothes keep their shape, hold their color, and are resistant to stains and wrinkles. Acrylic does not breathe well, thus wearing items from this material in warmer environments may make you sweat. That is why it is blended with cotton most of the times. However, acrylic is lightweight and considered a viable option for people with allergic reactions to wool or sensitive skin.

    Acrylic and Cotton each have properties ideal for warm winter fashion. Combining the two materials can create fiber stability and enhance insulation. Depending on the ratio of fibers, clothes with blended materials can retain the extra warmth and wicking capabilities of cotton while staying lightweight and resilient as acrylic. Clothes with higher acrylic material are less prone to shrinkage. Do they content more cotton your head will stay dry of sweat in both cool and warm climates.

    If that blog post made you more interested in our products containing both Cotton and some fiber blended with it, than check out our new Sheepiefy PomPom BeanieCasual Thermal Socks or Freaky Oldschool Socks!

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    by Christine Creedon

    You are entirely incorrect in giving this information about acrylic fibers in clothing. The human body is not meant to be wearing non breathable toxic plastic as clothing and it has many repercussions for example it raises the h blood pressure as the respiratory system is under pressure when skin cannot breathe through a plastic covering. It causes sweating in an attempt to regulate body temperature again due to the synthetic fibre which doesn’t allow skin to breathe and it is certainly not pleasant to look at, does not hold its shape and is fit for the bin after one or two cycles in the wash. The real reason for its widespread use is due to the fact that it is dirt cheap material which is so readily available and the modern day consumer is tolerant of this cheap literal rubbish in a way that would never have been tolerated in previous times.
    I only hope that the trend fades out and that people wake up and demand quality products when spending their money

    by Christine Creedon

    You are entirely incorrect in giving this information about acrylic fibers in clothing. The human body is not meant to be wearing non breathable toxic plastic as clothing and it has many repercussions for example it raises the h blood pressure as the respiratory system is under pressure when skin cannot breathe through a plastic covering. It causes sweating in an attempt to regulate body temperature again due to the synthetic fibre which doesn’t allow skin to breathe and it is certainly not pleasant to look at, does not hold its shape and is fit for the bin after one or two cycles in the wash. The real reason for its widespread use is due to the fact that it is dirt cheap material which is so readily available and the modern day consumer is tolerant of this cheap literal rubbish in a way that would never have been tolerated in previous times.
    I only hope that the trend fades out and that people wake up and demand quality products when spending their money