A shirt is made of cotton. To make ironing easier, so-called 'drip and dry' shirts were created in the 1960s. Ironing was no longer necessary, because polyester is non-iron wrinkle-free. The non-iron shirt seems striking proof of the shifting balance of power between men and women. But it is also a pyrrhic victory for the lady because a plastic-containing shirt not only bother the wearer but his immediate environment. Such a shirt does not breathe, but it does smell. Seen from this perspective, the text 'Have a good day' in the collar of the popular nylon arrow shirts can only be taken cynically.
Most shirt makers now agree that a shirt is made of one hundred percent cotton and no different. There is an equally merciless and paradoxical fact: the more it wrinkles, the better the fabric. One cotton is not the other. The best cotton comes from Egypt and from Sea Islands, an archipelago off the American coast. Where normal cotton fibers are up to two and a half centimeters long, the Sea Island measures double that. This applies not least to the price.