Common fabrics include cotton, nylon, wool and silk. Cotton, wool and silk are natural fabrics, while nylon is a synthetic fabric. Cotton comes from the cotton plant. It is durable, highly absorbent and comfortable. Cotton also wrinkles easily and has little elasticity.
Nylon is synthetically produced. It is strong, durable and water-repellent. It is also lightweight and very sensitive to heat.
Wool is a warm fabric produced from the hair of animals such as sheep, camels and rabbits. It is elastic and wrinkle-resistant.
Silk is a natural fiber that comes from the larvae of the Chinese silkworm. It is soft and strong, but its strength is greatly reduced when wet. Silk is easily damaged by heat, light and water.