Cotton’s Rich History
The inquisitive and evolving man has constantly attempted to
deliver himself a better product in which to dress. One of the
oldest and most intricate options has been cotton. Cotton has
been part of every civilization’s history. Through the years, cotton
has evolved into a fiber that is superior to any other natural
fiber for clothing. The textile industry helped identify this raw
material as one of the key components in the Industrial
Revolution. Not surprisingly, with the advent of mechanized textile
manufacturing, demand for cotton started increasing.
As cotton continued its historic journey into the twentieth
century, it came face-to-face with one of its staunchest competitors
– manmade polyester, which was known for its brighter,
wrinkle-free appearance and easy care.
With the passage of time, cotton showed remarkable versatility
with its range and scope. Technology and high-speed machinery
accelerated spinners’ desire for higher-quality raw fiber
material. Brands such as FiberMax from the United States added
to the range with longer, stronger and consistent fiber – resulting
in high-quality yarn. Natural resource limitations and weather
uncertainties are considered by many as growth impediments to
cotton. Still, cotton continues to be widely accepted because of
its comfort and other natural characteristics.
An Effective Combination
The right blend of quality cotton and polyester renders diversified
properties to fabrics that can be used in many applications,
which no one single fiber could meet. Also, economies can be
achieved in products by shifting blends in favorable ratios.
With the evolving fashion landscape and fashion innovations,
the magic of blends comes into play. It creates new synergies
that take the textile industry farther, providing more versatile
clothing and applications. Analyzing data, it is obvious that cotton
and polyester during the past decade have grown in a
healthy synergy. Their existence is not about a battle over market
share. Instead, each plays an important complementary role.
Cotton and polyester are working together for more ecologically
sustainable products and better clothing options. Their successful
efforts will benefit all segments of the global market.