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Summer is well and truly upon us, and it's the perfect time to whip out those comfortable cotton clothes to beat the vicious heat. With that in mind, here are some cool facts about cotton that we bet you didn't know.
Fact One: Tiny cotton seeds are a lot more durable than you think. They can actually survive even if they are blown across the ocean, which means they can travel for thousands of miles and still remain viable.
Fact Two: Cotton belongs to the Gossypium genus of plants. This makes it a relative of other popular plants like hibiscus, okra, and even swamp mallow!
Fact Three: Cotton has been cultivated for over 5,000 years across the world (including in India). Despite the geographic divide between cotton farmers, the crop has been cleaned, prepared, spun and weaved in the same manner everywhere
Fact Four: The name cotton comes from the Arabic word "Qutn," which means fancy. Cotton was also once known as vegetable wool!
Fact Five: Until the Industrial Revolution--when methods to maintain color consistency were developed--cotton was actually grown in assorted colors. These included brown, rust and light purple.
Fact Six: The immature cotton flower bud is called a square.
Fact Seven: While we can't get enough of cotton-based clothes in summers, this amazing fiber is used as padding in furniture and automobiles as well. It's also used in plastics, lacquers, smokeless powder for munitions, feed for cattle, cottonseed oil, yarn, cloth, cordage, etc.
Fact Eight: Cotton is one of the key raw materials to make Khadi--the fabric that was at the heart of Mahatma Gandhi's Freedom Movement. Khadi may also include silk and wool, which is why it is cool in summers and it also provides warmth in winters.
Fact Nine: As well all know, jeans are made of blended cotton. The term "Jean" is a French name that comes from sailors of Genoa, who wore the cloth. These sailors were called "genes!"
Fact Ten: Park Avenue has come up with a revolutionary method to reduce pilling of cotton, which happens due to regular machine washing. This method is called Bio Wash, which is an eco-friendly way of treating garments, and it smooths out the surface of the cotton, thereby ensuring it remains flat and does not cause any friction with the skin.
Park Avenue has employed this amazing technique while creating their latest line of innerwear, which you can check out here.
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