Six years ago, I was given the topic “Types of Cotton Material” for publication on eHow.com. It was originally published on April 20, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Cotton provides consumers with a variety of material choices year round. Light-weight cotton keeps consumers cool during the summer. Heavily woven, thicker cotton provides consumers with warmer clothing during the winter months. Cotton gives manufacturers a versatile material which can be woven into fabrics with various textures and weights. Light or heavy, cotton fabrics are usually durable, versatile and easily laundered.
Stores stock their spring and summer shelves with gingham cotton. Its light-weight, plain-woven characteristics provide a cool fabric for warm weather clothing. Commonly found in a variety of styles and colors such as checks, plaids and stripes, gingham cotton fabrics satisfy a variety of tastes. Consumers also like the fact that gingham cotton is easily laundered, durable and blends well with other fabrics.
Denim originated in Nimes, France during the Middle Ages. The French called the fabric “serge de Nimes.” The Americanized term, listed by Webster’s Dictionary in 1864, became “denim.” The color blue dominates the denim fabric market.
Interlacing dyed warp yarns with other yarns and creating diagonal ridges produces cotton denim fabrics used for a variety of purposes; denim cotton is a durable fabric option for work clothing and other clothing items such as jackets, pants, skirts, overalls, belts and purses.
Seersucker cotton provides consumers with another summer fabric option. Seersucker fabrics, firmly woven in an alternating combination of tight weaves and loose weaves with flat and puckered stripes, rarely show wrinkles. Seersucker clothing is lightweight and cool, in a variety of spring and summer colors that are easily laundered.
Chenille is derived from the French word for caterpillar, because the texture of chenille materials mimic the feel of a caterpillar. Wrapping short lengths of cotton yarn around a tighter core creates this fuzzy texture. Commonly used for bath mats, bedspreads and for covering pillows and furniture, chenille provides fabric options for a variety of home decor ideas.
Loosely weaving large loops on both sides of the material makes terry cloth capable of absorbing large amounts of water. The larger the loops, the more water the cloth absorbs. Terry cloth’s durability makes it capable of withstanding tugging and pulling. Its absorbency makes it a common material for bath and beach towels, baby burp cloths and cloth diapers.