100% cotton! Pure Cotton! Heirloom Quality! Handmade! Blended! – confused which one means what and what to choose for you and your little ones? You are not alone. It is confusing even to the ones who have general knowledge beyond ordinary. I, as a garment manufacturing major, would try to clear some of the misconceptions through this blog.
A label of "Pure Cotton" does not always mean that the garment is made only of cotton. It rather means that the amount of cotton used in the fabric is pure. There may be other materials used along with pure cotton to make that garment. A term "made from blended fabric" would make more sense in such a case.
"100% cotton" means the fabric is not blended and is made of stronger, softer, and comfortable natural product consisting of fibers picked from the plant. On one side it's strong enough to last many hot washes, and on the other hand, it’s biodegradable. 100% cotton fabric is breathable and allows the skin to breathe which reduces the possibility of rashes by keeping the moisture from building up between the skin surface and the material.
What about heirloom quality? There is a lot of buzz nowadays about the heirloom quality. Dictionaries define it as "a variety of plant that has originated under cultivation and that has survived for several generations usually due to the efforts of private individuals or it is something of exceptional value handed down from one generation to another”.
China teacups, Oak Hoosier cabinets which have survived the test of time would fall under such a category and may carry more symbolic than inherent value.
For garments and fabrics, heirloom quality means that ability of the item to last over the long haul. The beauty lies in the selection of natural fibers with enduring features and are designed with ages in mind and not necessarily the latest trends.
Organically grown methods support biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, improve the quality of soil and use less water. Growing organically takes more time, requires more knowledge and skill and protects you and your precious ones. It is worth it.