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Fibre Intro: Cotton

Cotton textiles dating from 5,000 BC have been found in Mexico, Pakistan and Peru. It is now the world’s largest non-food cash crop and the most used natural fibre, but cotton only accounts for 21 per cent of global fibre use.

Woven or knitted, cotton produces a soft, strong fabric that is breathable, absorbent and washable. It blends well with other fibres and is used in a huge range of textiles including denim, jersey, muslin and velvet.

More than half of global cotton farms producing o…

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