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Month: July 2013

Overview of Natural Fabrics

People wear natural fabrics for various reasons, but there are many health reasons as to why you should wear natural fabrics close to your skin. Natural fabrics offer inherent characteristics with antimicrobial properties, water absorption, durability, temperature regulation, and breathability advantages. Some of the top natural fabrics used in clothing are, organic cotton, linen, silk and wool.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of artificial fertilizers, herbicides, and harmful pesticides and free of formaldehyde finishes. Cotton clothes are popular for its breathable nature and soft texture, making it very durable. Cotton has a very good degree of absorbency, durability, and strength.
Linen is also highly absorbent, a good conductor of heat, easy to care for in the long term and the strongest of the vegetable fibers. Silk has unique antibacterial qualities as it contains natural antiseptic in prevention of bacterial growth. Silk naturally kills damaged skin infection, inflammation, prevents fungal disease and more. Linen also has the strongest energy of all fibers generating a feeling of concentration, calm, and depth of thought.
Silk offers lustrous beauty and luxurious softness apart from its many other benefits that many other fabrics struggle to math. Silk may be delicate, but has great advantages above other natural fabrics. It takes color well, washes easily, easy to work with and mixes well with other vegetable and animal fibers. It is quite strong and robust and resists odors and soil well, is tear and wrinkle resistant and quick drying. It is also an all-climate fabric and absorbs up to 30 % of its weight in moisture.
Wool on the other hand has superior breathability, great temperature regulation, and inherent antimicrobial properties. People with severe lanolin allergies and severe sensitivities can wear merino wool, as it is itch-free soft and fine, unlike traditional wool.

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Development of a Cotton Plant

The uses of cotton are very diverse and especially popular in the making of cotton clothes. There are hundreds of other uses of cotton and many do not even realize where cotton comes from or how it is grown and developed.
A cotton plant has a complex structure and it has an indeterminate growth habit with extreme sensitivity to adverse environmental conditions. When temperature conditions and favorable moisture conditions are available a cotton plant’s growth are very predictable, on the other hand.
Development stages of cotton are divided into five stages of growth.
1. Germination and emergence
2. Seedling establishment
3. Leaf and canopy development
4. Flower and boll development
5. Maturation
However, the transitions are not always clearly defined in these stages.
When germination conditions are favorable, the root may emerge within three days. This root is the taproot that grows down into the soil. A cotton seedling may appear around five to ten days after you planted it. In addition, a cotyledon reaches one to two inches above the surface and arranged itself opposite the main stem. A cotton plants structure includes a main stem, different nodes, and internodes, two different branch types namely the fruit and vegetative branches.
New nodes will develop slower when water is less and this usually result in short plants as they give rise to branches and main stem leaves. The stem nodes, which as we just said develop slowly when water is restricted determines the final plant height. Four to five weeks after the formation of flower bids in the plant it will usually start at around the sixth node and successive fruits are not common unless there is a six-day interval. Squaring follows around three weeks late and boll development starts. The square develops into the white cotton flower and the quality and fiber variability will be influenced by the genetic makeup of the variety planted as well as the environment.

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