YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
It will always be cotton for me
By Gene Hall
As cotton farmers struggle with a difficult market, it feels very 1970s. That’s when a wave of polyester clothing hit the market to challenge the traditional dominance of natural fibers.
Today, there are many such products, derived from petroleum, especially for athletic and workout apparel. I’d just as soon wrap cellophane around my torso as to wear polyester shirts in the gym. My workout clothing is a collection of 100 percent cotton t-shirts.
Mother Nature conveniently produced the cotton fiber with a tiny hollow tube, called a lumen, running the length of it. This makes cotton breathable, allowing air flow and absorbency in the fabric.
I admit to wearing polyester golf shirts, when I’m given them, with a 100 percent cotton t-shirt underneath! I was guilty of owning one of those ridiculous polyester leisure suits back in the seventies, shaming my fashion sense for all time. Now, only wool suits hang in my closet.
If history repeats itself, cotton will come roaring back in all these markets.
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