Clothing material is derived from fibrous materials that are industrially grown worldwide. The most widely used materials come from the cotton plant and the flax plant (used to make linen.) The cannabis plant is less commonly used to make hemp, but it is still a major clothing material. Cotton, linen, and hemp are popular depending on their beneficial characteristics, for example; warmth, weight, texture, durability, and style.

Cotton Flax Hemp

Why is it important to study this topic?

This is an important topic because as a group we find it beneficial to understand the characteristics of each fiber. For example, if someone plans to study abroad for a semester in South America, it is essential to know which fibrous material will provide that person with the most breathability and reaction to the tropical climate. Another example would be which material is the most cost efficient by which material provides the most durability.

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