Materials & Techniques


Cotton refers to the white-to-yellowish seed-hair fibers of several species of the genus Gossypium, native to most subtropical areas of the world. Cotton is used especially for making textiles, cords, padding, rag paper, and for cellulose used for plastic and rayon.

Adapted from

  • Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Inca: Conquests of the Andes / Los Incas y las conquistas de los Andes, Gallery text, 2015.
  • Getty Vocabulary, AAT (cotton (fiber): AAT: 300183670).