Clothes are something we all use every single day. After all, do you know anyone who has never worn an article of clothing before? With that being said, it's important to not only focus on the style of what you wear, but the material it's made of, which helps boost comfort, safety, and the outfit's durability. That's where natural fibers come in, which help make your clothing eco-friendly AND beneficial for your skin and wallet.

But did you know that there are more than just one kind of natural fiber out there used in clothing? So don't wait any longer and learn more about your clothes through Smoothwares guide on natural fabric clothing today! If you really care about your clothing and want to know more about what's really inside it, then read on!  I'll show you the main types of natural fibers use for clothing.

Before anything else, let's first get into what fiber actually is!

Now that you're familiar with natural fibers, what are the different kinds under this material? Here are the various types of natural fibers to look into:

Silk and Wild Silk

Silk comes from the excretion of larvae in their cocoons. These are silkworms that are cultivated, with their filament collected through destroying the larvae or grown moth before it chews out its cocoon.

While it may seem unethical and a bit of a gross process, the end product feels and looks luxurious. Wild silk is also available, which are cultivated by silkworms in Indian forests.

Wool Fiber

Wool fiber comes from the domestic sheep's coat (its fleece), coming from around the world and various sheep breeds. It provides the insulating feel that makes it perfect to use for any weather. Plus, this material's very soft and feels cozy, especially those made from cashmere and other less common kinds of wool fiber from less common goat breeds.

Cotton and Organic Cotton

Cotton is the most popular natural fiber available today, on demand almost 100% of the time and for a reason. It's one of the most available materials out there and is known to be the better and more natural choice for both people and the environment. However, this is not the case, as they use up a TON of water! That's why it's best to invest in organic cotton, which uses less water and pesticides that impact the environment.


Linen is another excellent choice for those who want something environment-friendly and comfortable. They use almost no pesticides, coming from the ten of flax plants. They are also hygroscopic, which makes it moisture-wicking and great to use for the hot weather. BUT, they would wrinkle easier compared to other materials, which make them less attractive as a blanket.


Hemp is actually a better sustainable alternative to linen and other materials, though not as common to use for clothing. The hemp plant has the longest plant fiber of more than two meters and is even more durable than cotton and other materials. They are breathable and absorb moisture, making it a great choice for the simmer or during hot weather.


Bamboo is a popular natural material to use as well, though only small amounts of bamboo are processed like linen. But, they do have the tensile and stable strength many admire if thy focus on durability. However, they feel a bit coarse and don't look attractive when you want to make it into a fashionable piece. They're comfortable to use as beddings, though!


Besides these popular natural fibers mentioned above, there are other natural fibers some clothes are made of. Textile fibers like banana, silver, corn, or even nettles are available, though they aren't mass-produced, with some of these even difficult to find.

Wrapping It Up

Knowing more about clothing and what goes inside it helps you make the right choices of what to buy and wear. It won't just help you and your health, but the environment as well! All it takes is a bit of research and knowledge to wear what's right while still staying beautiful.

Hopefully, this article on the different types of natural fibers used of clothing informed you more of what your clothes are made of.

If you have any questions or want to share more about your knowledge of natural fibers on clothes, then comment down below! Your thoughts are much appreciated.


Published by Matthew Piggot