Cotton is a soft fiber that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant (Gossypium spp.), a shrub native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa and the Americas.

The fiber is most often spun into thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile, which is the most widely used natural-fiber cloth in clothing today.Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article “Cotton“, which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.