Cotton fabric is the worlds most popular type of material. The cotton plant is a shrub native to tropical and sub tropical regions around the world. The fibre from the plant is usually spun to make the soft, breathable textile we know as cotton. The earliest recorded use of cotton is from fragments of cotton fabric found in Mexico dated at 5000 BC! Cotton production today stands at 25 million tonnes and accounts for 2.5% of the world arable land.