Cotton: Drapeable, durability and absorbent natural fiber made from the cotton plant. (Genus Gossypium). Cotton is comfortable and soft. The best property is, it absorbs and releases perspiration quickly.
Cotton does not need much maintenance it is a durable fabric that can be washed in a washing machine using warm water and soap, but be careful when putting dark-coloured cottons in the dryer as this will cause the color to fade over time. Use a hot iron to remove wrinkles, but remember not to iron over the stains as this will end up ‘setting’ the stains permanently.
Cotton will shrink the first time it is washed. Check the care instructions on the inside tag for any special exceptions.
Wool: Wool is obtained from a variety of animals. Wool is generally a weak fiber, though clothing is sometimes made stronger by the addition of recycled wool fibers. Wool is a resilient fabric and is pretty resistant to dirt.
Don’t wash wool too often! Washing wool too frequently can wear out the fabric, and shorten its life. If a wool garment gets damp, hang it out of direct sunlight. Never put wool clothing in the dryer as that is likely to result in shrinking. If a label says “Dry Clean Only” take the garment to a professional dry cleaner for the best results.
Silk: Silk is made from the fibers of the cocoon of the silkworm. It is spun into a smooth, shiny and sleek fabric. Silk absorbs moisture, which makes it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s biodegradable.
Most silks are better dry cleaned, but some are washable. Wash with cold water and a mild soap. Handmade eco-friendly soap is best. Never use bleach products with your silk. Use a low setting on an iron to remove any persistent wrinkles. Never iron silk when fully dry. Instead, iron your silk when it’s just a bit damp.