Sunday, April 15, 2018

How The Cotton Industry Was Saved

Once upon a time all clothing was made from natural fabrics. Cotton, linen and silk were staples of a wardrobe. But there was a problem cotton fabrics wrinkled. And this caused everyone to have to do that beloved chore called ironing.

Then the 1930’s rolled around and in the years surrounding it there were some new inventions rayon, polyester, and nylon. These fabrics were miraculous! They didn’t require ironing. And clothing companies latched on to this. They marketed these fabrics. And by the 1970’s, the cotton textile industry felt the change. It’s sales were declining.

Now anyone who has worn some of those unnatural fabrics knows that there are a few down falls with these fabrics. The main one being they don’t breathe. In other words, you sweat a lot when you wear these fabrics. Cotton is just cooler in the summer.

But in 1969 a lady named Ruth Benerito developed an additive that smoothed the fibers of cotton. The result was the wash and wear cotton fabric. She saved the cotton industry, and her research led to developing flame resistant fabric.

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