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Cotton Webbing

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.

Although 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.

Common market sectors and applications using cotton:

  • Belts – Both apparel and industrial
  • Military
  • Fashion and Lifestyle
  • Bag handles
  • Upholstery – Indoor furniture
  • Equestrian
  • Luggage straps



  • Lightweight
  • Washable
  • Soft, natural feel
  • Relatively strong
  • Easy to cut and sew
  • Absorbs some moisture without feeling damp
  • Does not generate static electricity
  • Can be dyed to any shade
  • Highly resistant to alkalis

Cotton yarn warped and ready to weave

Weaving cotton yarn in progress


  • Ease of handling for the assembly of apparel and other textile items
  • Stands up to repeated washing
  • Soft on the skin
  • Good choice for clothing and apparel



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

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

ELONGATION: The 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 can be dyed to virtually any shade. Colour fastness will vary according to the type of dye and shade required.

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. Finishes can be applied that slow down the burn rate or make the cotton self-extinguish. These finishes are water-soluble, therefore not durable and can be washed out. For a durable finish, these must be specialist finishes which are effective but can be expensive.

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

INSECTS AND MICRO-ORGANISMS: Most insects to not attack cotton but it is 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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