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Cotton Facts


  • Cotton has been cultivated in many different parts of the world for more than 5,000 years. Cotton is the most popular fabric and best selling fabric in the world.
  • Cotton is good for all seasons because it keeps the body cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Man has been making cotton into fabric since at least 3000 BC.
  • Cotton can be grown in several different colors, including brown, rust, and even light purple. Cotton is a member of the Mallow family of plants.
  • The word cotton originates from the Arabic word "qutun".
  • American paper currency is made of 75% cotton.
  • The first light bulb manufactured by Thomas Edison used cotton filament.
  • A 480 pound bale of cotton can be made into 313,600 $100 bills!
  • The first Chinese paper was made of cotton fibre.
  • Cotton seeds are tough enough to survive travel across oceans on the wind.
  • Shiny cotton is a processed version of the fiber that can be made into cloth resembling satin for shirts and suits.
  • In ancient Egypt, only the High Priest was allowed to wear cotton garments.
  • The largest producers of cotton, currently, are China and India, with annual production of about 34 million bales and 24 million bales, respectively; most of this production is consumed by their respective textile industries.
  • The five leading exporters of cotton in 2011 were
    • United States
    • India
    • Brazil
    • Australia
    • Uzbekistan