Cotton is the most popular fabric in the world. It’s a fluffy and particularly soft fibre that grows naturally in a protective capsule of the Gossypium species. The fibre is known for its unique traits, being almost entirely pure cellulose and having a huge diversity of wild and domestic species scattered throughout the world, including in North and South America, Africa, India and even as far afield as Australia. The fabric has been domesticated independently in the New and Old World.
Cotton can be traced all the way back to 5000 BC and has been cultivated since antiquity. But it didn’t really take off until product costs plummeted as a result of the invention of cotton gin.
In most cases, cotton fibre is turned into thread or yarn and utilised to make a textile that is both breathable and soft.
Currently, the world produces 25 million tonnes of the stuff on an annual basis, taking up a whopping 2.5% of arable land. China is now the biggest producer of the fabric in the world but not so long ago, during the industrial revolution, the United Kingdom was known for our proficiency in cotton manufacture. It’s remained the fabric of choice for most of the global population because of its innate affordability, versatility and durability.
If you’re in the United Kingdom or Europe and you’re searching for cotton fabric, from plain to elaborate and fanciful designs, Remnant House can help you. Remnant House is the country’s top supplier of affordable fabric. Their online shop features literally thousands of the best designs and sewing and haberdashery items that you could find, and best of all is the fact that they’re all sold at really low prices! The Yorkshire-based company has been around for over 50 years and is continually improving its selection of items.