Cotton is the easiest fabric to care for as it is durable and robust. You should always be able to machine wash, hang dry and iron with a medium-to-hot setting. Cotton fabric is popular because it’s easy to care for and comfortable year-round. In hot, humid weather, cotton “breathes”. As the body perspires, cotton fibers absorb the moisture and release it on the surface of the fabric, so it evaporates. In cold weather, if the fabric remains dry, the fibers retain body heat. Cotton is easy to clean; it can be dry-cleaned. It withstands high water temperatures, so it can be boiled and thus sterilized. It does wrinkle easily and is prone to shrinkage. Cotton used for clothing should always be pre-washed and dried before beginning any cutting or sewing in order to avoid shrinkage and fit issues after the garment is completed.

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