Two fashion designers examining natural fibers in a jacket

Natural Fibers in Fashion Design

Published On: August 26, 2021

When creating a bespoke clothing line, you likely have your mind set on what the finished product will be. But before planning out clothing manufacturing, you need to consider different materials. The fashion industry is unfortunately home to a bevy of environmentally unfriendly clothing manufacturing and textile dyeing methods. That’s why taking advantage of natural fibers in fashion design is a fantastic way to create ethical and sustainable fashion.

What Are Natural Fibers and Fabrics?

Closeup of patterned fabric made with natural fibersNatural fibers and fabrics come from natural sources, like plants and animals. Most of the time, the natural fibers are woven into yarn and eventually produced into a workable material used to create your own clothing line. You’ll soon find out why using sustainable materials is a great way to not only make your clothing line stand out, but stand the test of time, too.

Some of the most popular and widespread fibers and fabrics ditch chemicals, synthetics, and negative environmental impacts.


This is the most common natural fiber in the world. Made up of cellulose, it has a long list of benefits and few cons. For example, cotton is durable, diverse, and easier to maintain than other natural fabrics. Its wearability is unmatched, and it’s part of a majority of clothing items in stores everywhere. Breathable and naturally hypoallergenic, cotton does it all.


Known as the ‘Golden Fiber,’ this hemp-like fiber is perfect for clothing lines that need burlap cloth. It’s extremely popular in countries like India but hasn’t caught on in the West like other natural fibers.

Jute is rough, durable, and mainly used for industrial purposes. If you’re into reusing and recycling clothing, jute is your natural fiber of choice. Although it may take some finesse and expert craftsmanship, you can end up making fantastic products with jute. Just watch out for the scratchy feel!


This is one of the most eco-friendly natural fibers available. While it’s a trendy topic with certain people, hemp has a lot of pros. It requires less water, less space in the garden, and is easy to plant. Growing and using hemp is a real win-win situation. Overall, it’s highly diverse, eco-friendly, and, you guessed it, durable.


This natural fiber has been a prevalent option for fashion designers and clothing manufacturers for years. And we can see why.

This natural fiber from silkworms is shiny, attractive, durable, and luxurious.

There are current advancements in synthetic fibers, namely in synthetic silk. Could this development in durable synthetic fiber, along with a more eco-friendly development process, be a good alternative for silk? Only time will tell. In the meantime, silk has a beautiful natural appearance that is sought after the world over. The downside to silk is that it can carry a hefty price tag.


This natural fiber stems from the hair of animals like goats, sheep, and alpacas. As with other natural fibers, wool is durable. This water-resistant natural fiber is perfect for outerwear like winter hats, sweaters, and more. If you want to keep warm during a harsh winter, this is the natural fiber for you.


Coming from the flax plant, linen is known for being soft to the touch. Linen is, you guessed it, durable. Linen is perfect for clothing lines, as well as creating household items like tablecloths and sheets. It’s even used as thread in clothing manufacturing.

Leather & Pleather

Leather is an amazingly durable, smooth, and fashionable option found in clothing lines. Pants, jackets, wallets, shoes, boots; leather is everywhere.

Leather’s more ethical counterpart, pleather, is a synthetic form made from plastic. The main building blocks are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane. Unfortunately, while pleather is good for saving the animals, it presents an environmental roadblock by depending on oil, plastic, and chemicals. Regardless of using leather or pleather, TEG is happy to help independent fashion designers find their fabric of choice.


Coming from the fibers of the bamboo plant, the cellulose in bamboo makes it both durable yet soft. Although mainly used in only certain fashion design areas, technology is allowing bamboo textiles to take off. With its growing popularity and one-of-a-kind cellulose structure, bamboo textiles are well worth monitoring for their future in fashion design.

Now that we’re familiar with some highly used natural fabrics and fibers, let’s see why they’re essential to creating ethical and sustainable fashion.

3 Reasons To Use Natural Fibers in Fashion Design

Two Los Angeles Clothing manufacturers going over the natural fibers in a new designWhy use natural fibers? We’re confident that we can convince you to go all-in with natural fibers. Here are just three reasons why cotton, silk, and wool can benefit you more than synthetic fabric.

Natural Fibers Are Better for the Environment

Unfortunately, with fast fashion taking center stage in fashion news, fashion designers are searching for a method to lessen the environmental impact.

They use fewer chemicals in the production process and have a much less significant environmental impact than synthetic fibers. 20% of water pollution on Earth comes directly from textiles. That’s a staggering and sobering number. However, using these fabrics and fibers helps you cut down on that statistic. And at The Evans Group, we’re always looking to cut back on negative environmental impact.

But if the benefits of using natural fibers weren’t enough, these fabrics and fibers are biodegradable. 

Natural Fibers Are Durable

A common ‘thread’ throughout all fibers and fabrics is that they can undergo a ton of stress without losing their integrity. Find us any sustainable fiber, and we’ll show you how durable it can be.

Nearly all plant-based natural fibers are highly durable. This is because of cellulose, part of the cell structure of plants. Cotton, linen, and hemp are some of the most durable natural fibers you can manufacture clothes with. The fibers are already prepared for the stress test well before the clothing manufacturing process happens in TEG’s Los Angeles production studio.

When an emerging fashion designer designs their first clothing line, they want it to last. When using natural fibers like cotton and linen, people can expect durable, long-lasting garments that will undoubtedly impact the industry.

Natural Fibers Help Your Skin

Unlike their synthetic counterparts, natural fibers have more absorption capabilities. This means that natural fabrics like wool and linen can keep your skin dry and prevent uncomfortable sweating. If you’re susceptible to sweating, fibers like linen are an absolute must in your wardrobe. Although great for clothing, it can also help you beat the heat when sleeping with some linen bedsheets.

Plus, natural fibers like cotton are hypoallergenic. Synthetic fibers like nylon can easily give someone with sensitive skin an allergic reaction. These natural fibers help people avoid unpleasant allergic outbreaks with their natural properties.

In short, natural fibers can do great things for sensitive skin.

Conclusion: Creating Sustainable Fashion With Natural Fibers

Jennifer Evans and two Los Angeles clothing manufacturers looking at new clothing made with natural fibersWhen working out of the Los Angeles clothing manufacturing studio, the TEG team ensures that all clothing line items are of the utmost quality. Fashion designers have their developing clothing line undergo multiple quality checks throughout the garment manufacturing process. Talented team members ensure that all fabric sourcing is done with ethical and sustainable practices in mind. This is a comforting ‘pro’ to using the TEG clothing manufacturing studio in Los Angeles for the emerging fashion designer with an environmental bent.

When planning out your next clothing line, it’s a great idea to opt for natural fabrics and fibers. The materials you use speak volumes about you, your artistic vision, and natural fibers provide you with an environmentally friendly and creative avenue of clothing production.

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