Our Cotton Webbing Range

Bowmer Bond is a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of high quality cotton webbing to a range of market sectors from bag handles to aerospace and automotive tapes. Specialising in narrow fabrics and light to medium weight webbing, Bowmer Bond has been in business since 1795 and offers the skills and experience to supply the perfect webbing for your project.

Although cotton webbing is not as strong as its counterparts, one of its biggest advantages is its ability to discharge static electricity. Cotton is one of the best fibres for apparel such as webbing tape for clothing or workwear, due to its comfort, washability and ability to deal with perspiration.

Thin and lightweight cotton webbing can still be strong to a certain point. Cotton webbing has a great texture and is the easiest to sew. Due to being a natural material, cotton webbing is one of the more expensive types of webbing, however, the benefits of the natural fibre feel and appearance are those that can only be gained through using cotton.

The lightweight nature and soft, natural feel of cotton webbing makes it a popular choice for easy to cut and sew tote bag handles. It is also used for belts in uniforms (sometimes woven via the shuttle loom method for the fully woven edge) and other garment and fashion belts.

All cotton webbing manufactured by Bowmer Bond uses fully traceable raw materials, and our quality management system is certified to ISO9001. We are also happy to supply full product testing, and certification of conformity on request. Find out more about our webbing quality processes here.

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Cotton Webbing Applications and Industries

Cotton webbing is used in a multitude of applications and industries including but not limited to:

  • Belts – Both apparel and industrial
  • Military
  • Fashion and Lifestyle – Used in belts, sporting equipment, bag handles, pet collars and horse reins
  • Bag handles
  • Upholstery – Indoor furniture and used to secure indoor furniture, curtain tops and decorative trims
  • Equestrian
  • Luggage straps

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Cotton Webbing Applications And Industries

Features and Benefits of Cotton Webbing

Cotton webbing offers a range of benefits over other forms of webbing for its most common applications.

  • Lightweight – Longevity, stands up to repeated washing
  • Washable – Comfort, soft on the skin and breathable
  • Soft, natural feel – Highly resistant to alkalis
  • Relatively strong – Does not generate static electricity
  • Heat resistant – Good choice for clothing and apparel
  • Easy to cut and sew – Ease of handling for the assembly of apparel and other textile items
  • Can be dyed to any shade – Absorbs some moisture without feeling damp

Cotton yarn warped and ready to weave

Custom Cotton Webbing Solutions

Bowmer Bond is pleased to offer a cotton webbing product customisation and development service to our clients. With a wealth of experience in creating innovative custom webbing solutions for all industries, Bowmer Bond can develop cotton webbing designed to fit your vision and specific requirements.

About Cotton Webbing

STRENGTH:Cotton tape is relatively strong (3-5 grams/denier) and gets STRONGER when wet.

MOISTURE: Cotton webbing has the ability to absorb some moisture without feeling damp. This makes it a good choice for clothing.

ELONGATION: The cotton fibres will only extend by 5-10%, however, the take-up in the woven structure of yarn and webbing will take this to around 15%.

DYEING: Cotton webbing can be dyed to virtually any shade. Colour fastness will vary according to the type of dye and shade required. Speak to our team to discuss your colour requirements.

TEMPERATURE: Cotton will stand elevated temperatures for many hours (up to 120°C) although it will turn yellow and will decompose at 150°C.



COMBUSTIBILITY: Cotton burns easily without fire retardant treatment. Bowmer Bond can supply webbing with specialist finishes that slow down the burn rate or make the cotton self-extinguish. Speak to the team for more details. 

CHEMICAL RESISTANCE: Cotton will stand weak acids but strong acids break it down. It is highly resistant to alkalis which means that cotton webbing will stand up to repeated washing.

INSECTS AND MICRO-ORGANISMS: Most insects tend not to attack cotton, but it can be susceptible to mould and mildew. It is important, therefore, to ensure that cotton is never left damp, especially in warm environments where mould and mildew can grow rapidly.

BRITISH STANDARDS: We manufacture many cotton webbings to British Standards as outlined to us by the Ministry of Defence. Further details available upon request.


Cotton webbing was one of the first narrow fabrics made by M Bond & Sons

Cotton Bunting Tape straight off the finishing process

If you require any advice or recommendations on Cotton Webbing, please contact us on +44(0)1335 342244 or complete the web contact form with details of your requirements.

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