Material 101: All you need to know about Wool and Cotton
For the uninitiated, cotton and wool might feel like two sides of the same coin. Both share multiple characteristics with only slight differences. Even those who are connoisseurs of clothing fabrics might simply regard cotton as a mere imitation of wool, being commonly deemed the budget option. However, we’re here to convince you otherwise.
When it comes to both these materials, they are most well-known for their seasonability, as both provide warmth, yet even so they differ in the best preferred times of year. Also, both are, by default, completely natural. The only times you’ll find synthetic traces are in blends, which add advantages to the material as a whole. Apart from that, all you really need to know is that both fabrics are high quality and last. Now, let’s get into the differences.
Cotton might live in the shadow of wool, but it is still soft and extremely comfy. The best thing about cotton compared to the other cheaper materials is its breathability. Cotton does come with a caveat, it wrinkles easily, though this can often be remedied with a 20% blend of polyester. When picking out cotton, it pays off to find a high quality variant, as bad knock offs can be worse than the cheapest polyester fabrics that get a bad rep.
When taking care of cotton, the hassle is minimal. Cotton can be washed in your typical washing machines with no problem. Drying can be easily done as well, either by heating or under the sun. Just bear in mind that darker shades will fade over time, use low heat to keep this from happening. For the pesky wrinkles, ironing can easily remove them. Just remember that stains will be set if you iron before they are removed.
Apart from price, wool differs greatly from cotton in many other aspects. While cotton works great in the warmer seasons like spring and summer, wool is the best choice for the winter cold. In general, wool is a tad bit more bulky than cotton, but with that you gain an extra bonus of heat insulation and durability. Wool fibres can bend 20,000 times or more, whereas cotton is limited to a measly 3,000. This translates to less wrinkles and easier care!
Also, wool grants better heat insulation by creating tiny air pockets, granting heat insulation that works even in the harshest cold. Heavy sweaters can also rely on cotton to keep you cool, as the wicking qualities remove any water from your skin, keeping you dry. The versatility of wool is unrivaled, working beautifully in both warm and cold climates alike.
Wool does take a bit more care though. Washing and drying should be minimized as shrinking and wearing out can occur. Not a good idea considering the extra price. Regardless, taking good care of your wool garments mean you can use them for a long time.
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