The Importance of Clothing Labels

Today having ones own identity is very important. Competition and competitors more than ever, to be noticed is not easy, and requires one to plan means to be noticed and stand out amongst many.

One of those fields that have numerous entrants and ever increasing competitors each day is the garment industry. Gone are the old times when one would simply enter the shop and buy what appealed to your eyes. Try out a few garments, and choose what fits almost well, that was the generation ago style of shopping. Today, when we go to shop, we first ask for the brand we want and not anything in general. The world has moved from general to particular.

Branding a product is very important. It boosts the business. A brand is not just a name. Of course it is a name that sells, but selling is all about advertisement. To be in the limelight one has to be attractive as a looker, and easy to remember. Today clothing labels have become one of the most important aspects of garment marketing. Garment companies take special care to choose labels that go attached with their clothes. Clothing labels are the most evident way to promote the brand. It is one way for a client to recognize the garment and reach out for amongst many.

These are not just names. There are different types of labels. Depending up on your budget or grandeur the labels will be different. There are many types of labels. Some are every elaborately designed, and some are very simple yet catchy.

Many companies opt for printed labels. Printed labels have the name or the logo printed on to the garment. But many such printed labels fad away with time. So, some of the brands opt for tags or woven labels. Woven labels last longer as these are interwoven to the fabric of the cloth and do not need special care to maintain. Since, these are of safe fabric they do not bleed color too.

Labels are either hidden and or displayed as symbols. Someone who is more brands conscious can easily recognize which shirt or T-shirt belongs to which brand. It is a status symbol.

A clothing label is creation of art. It needs creativity and artistic approach to design. Creating a label is not just printing out the name of the company and attaching it to the garment. There are a number of criteria involved. A designer has to meet the likes and dislikes of the brand. The label has to stand out unique and outstanding to attract attention. Besides, these should not resemble some other label to be confused as the other. The color of the label is also equally important. Labels come in different shape and size as well.

Clothing label becoming a competitive field there are a number of label designers who are easy to reach. There are a number of online label companies, who offer a wide choice of labels for you to choose. You can easily customize your label to your requirements too.

Crochet History, Where and When Did Crochet Originate?

Crocheting is artwork done with a hook using thread or yarn. With it you can make beautiful doilies, decorations, blankets and even clothing. It does not take much to learn the art, except maybe some patience and hand coordination. It has become quite popular today, but no one seems to know for sure where and when it originated.

But there are theories that it originated in Mediterranean countries, South America or China. Others theorize that it existed in the 1500's and was known as nun's work, or nun's lace.

There is another theory that lace from Egyptian tombs was crocheted by twisting pieces of cotton between the fingers and making the loops by hand. Thread from Egyptian tombs is also thought to be similar to crochet.

However, there is no evidence that crochet existed before the 1800's. The earliest evidence of crochet as we know it today goes back no further than the 1800's when it became popular in Europe. "Shepherd's Knitting" from "The Memoirs of a Highland Lady," by Elizabeth Grant in 1812 is the earliest written reference to crochet. The first patterns were published in 1824.

In France it was known as "Crochet Lace," and in England it was "Chain Lace." Today the French, Belgians, Italians, and Spanish-speaking people call it crochet. In Holland they call it haken, in Denmark its haekling, in Norway its called hekling and in Sweden it's called virkning. Crochet comes from the word croc, or croche, the Middle French word for hook. The Old Norse word for hook is krokr.

In the early cultures they crocheted with a bent forefinger, instead of using a hook. The early hooks ranged from bent needles in a cork handle to beautiful crafted silver, brass, steel, ivory and bone hooks with a variety of handles.

At one point in time crochet was considered only for the wealthy; to make beautiful home décor and dress. The poor were expected to knit the basic needs such as socks and simple clothing. The wealthy did not want them to experiment with crochet because they feared the poor would fall behind in their work when working for the wealthy.

In the 1800's in Britain, America and France, crochet was used as a less costly substitute for other lace.

Crochet remained popular through the mid 1970, then began to decline, but has made its way back into popularity in the 21th century.

Superdry Vs Abercrombie – Comparing The Two Trendy Clothing Stores

Superdry and Abercrombie are two trendy clothing stores that for the most part cater to young urban fashion. Both also offer clothes for those who want more of a preppy look. The two stores are similar in a few ways, but there are also some differences.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch is sometimes better recognized by the initials A & F. They are an American seller of clothes that have made their primary focus casual wear. The age bracket they cater to is really young, but older people can also wear the clothes. The target demographic tends to be between the ages of 18-22 though. You will find no shortage of Abercrombie stores around the country and this is one of the reasons why the brand has become so popular.

There are little over 300 locations across the country and the store also does a large volume of business online. The store does not limit itself to just the United States though, they have been building physical presences internationally as well, because that is what they want the brand to be, international. The store has other brands that people might recognize. You have Abercrombie for kids. You have Hollister Co as well as Gilly Hicks. Then they also have a post collegiate brand known as Ruehl No.925, but they went out of business in the early part of 2010.

How expensive is Abercrombie?

You are going to find that the clothing Abercrombie offers are not cheap at all. In fact the store sells some pretty pricey clothing. The stores does have competition though that sells similar clothes for slightly less, but these do not offer the brand recognition. Amongst some of the competition would be Aeropostale as well as American Eagle Outfitters. The offshoot (Abercrombie Kids) successfully competes against Aeropostale's PS as well as American Eagle Outfitters 77kids.

Superdry

Superdry is just as popular if not more popular than its Abercrombie counterpart. A lot of younger people believe the brand is a bit more underground than Abercrombie is, so this adds to the appeal. However, this might not last very long as more and more people begin to wear it. The clothes are made to cater to an urban crowd or those who like casual wear.

They do not have much of a physical presence in the United States as Abercrombie does, but there are a few stores. They are a British based international company. People who buy clothing from there will see that the clothes are so unique because they look very vintage and at the same time they have a Japanese twist to them that makes them stand out like no other clothing brand. The clothing brand is just as pricey as Abercrombie, but on the website you can usually find lots of deals and steals.

So which brand is better? If you want uniqueness with a Japanese twist than you will want to go with Superdry. If you like preppy combined with a little bit of an urban feel than you will want to go with Abercrombie. Both brands are known internationally and both brands are very recognizable and trendy.

Superdry Vs Abercrombie – Comparing The Two Trendy Clothing Stores

Superdry and Abercrombie are two trendy clothing stores that for the most part cater to young urban fashion. Both also offer clothes for those who want more of a preppy look. The two stores are similar in a few ways, but there are also some differences.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch is sometimes better recognized by the initials A & F. They are an American seller of clothes that have made their primary focus casual wear. The age bracket they cater to is really young, but older people can also wear the clothes. The target demographic tends to be between the ages of 18-22 though. You will find no shortage of Abercrombie stores around the country and this is one of the reasons why the brand has become so popular.

There are little over 300 locations across the country and the store also does a large volume of business online. The store does not limit itself to just the United States though, they have been building physical presences internationally as well, because that is what they want the brand to be, international. The store has other brands that people might recognize. You have Abercrombie for kids. You have Hollister Co as well as Gilly Hicks. Then they also have a post collegiate brand known as Ruehl No.925, but they went out of business in the early part of 2010.

How expensive is Abercrombie?

You are going to find that the clothing Abercrombie offers are not cheap at all. In fact the store sells some pretty pricey clothing. The stores does have competition though that sells similar clothes for slightly less, but these do not offer the brand recognition. Amongst some of the competition would be Aeropostale as well as American Eagle Outfitters. The offshoot (Abercrombie Kids) successfully competes against Aeropostale's PS as well as American Eagle Outfitters 77kids.

Superdry

Superdry is just as popular if not more popular than its Abercrombie counterpart. A lot of younger people believe the brand is a bit more underground than Abercrombie is, so this adds to the appeal. However, this might not last very long as more and more people begin to wear it. The clothes are made to cater to an urban crowd or those who like casual wear.

They do not have much of a physical presence in the United States as Abercrombie does, but there are a few stores. They are a British based international company. People who buy clothing from there will see that the clothes are so unique because they look very vintage and at the same time they have a Japanese twist to them that makes them stand out like no other clothing brand. The clothing brand is just as pricey as Abercrombie, but on the website you can usually find lots of deals and steals.

So which brand is better? If you want uniqueness with a Japanese twist than you will want to go with Superdry. If you like preppy combined with a little bit of an urban feel than you will want to go with Abercrombie. Both brands are known internationally and both brands are very recognizable and trendy.

Is My Insurance Company Trying to Cheat Me?

Let's be honest, anyone who has had an insurance claim has had this or a similar thought run through their head. For many years insurance companies have done things to earn a bad rep. I've been in the insurance restoration industry for the last 10 years, and during this time I can honestly say that I have rarely met an adjuster or contractor that wanted to skimp on the settlement. The few times I've seen this is when the policyholder has been extremely difficult to work with. Yes, bad estimates happen, however, most of the time the feeling of being "shorted or cheated" comes from not understanding your policy and how it pays out.

The biggest misunderstanding is most often the issue of matching. Insurance policies are specifically written with terminology and phrases to avoid matching. Homeowner's coverage is to replace the damaged items with like kind and quality. While as a homeowner and contractor I often do not agree with this and I will fight it to the best of my abilities. To explain this policy the easiest is to give you situations where you will most likely run into this situation. Let's say you have a flood where the carpet has to be removed in the hallway. The same carpet runs throughout the home. The living room opens and connects directly to the hallway with the same carpet and you have 3 bedrooms directly off of the hallway and an office with french doors off of the living room. The carpet in the hallway and living room will be replaced but the carpet in the bedrooms and office will most likely not be replaced as most insurance policies are written to stop at doorways.

The other situation is most often with kitchen cabinetry. If water damages your lower kitchen cabinets (or a fire, your uppers) most insurance companies will allow replacing the run of damaged cabinets (meaning all of the lowers or all of the uppers). If you have specialty / custom cabinets you will most likely be given a custom price to rebuild that run of cabinets to match what was there. Very rarely is matching kitchen cabinets likely these days, however, it is not impossible. Over the past 25 years, there are hundreds of cabinet styles and specialty finishes, from dozens of manufacturers. Unless you recently replaced the kitchen, it will take countless hours of research to find the cabinet manufacturer that made your cabinets (a good place to locate the manufacturer is on the inside of the door. Let's say you've managed to find the manufacturer, companies usually discontinue a line every 4-7 years, or they make considerable changes to it. on top of the possible discontinued issue, it is very likely that the elements have changed the finish on your cabinetry. Perhaps your contractor has pointed the issues out to your adjuster, depending on the difficulty they may add extra money to allow to get a close match, perhaps a custom cabinet.

This is where you have several options:

1) You can take your budget and get quotes from cabinet places on a less expensive cabinet to replace all of your cabinetry. Remember that by using less expensive items elsewhere in the reconstruction you will have that money to allocate towards your new cabinetry budget.

2) You can certainly create a unique custom kitchen by finding an opposite finish cabinet to replace your lowers or uppers with. It is very common today to mix cabinetry finishes to give a unique custom look to fit your style. For example, let's say your cabinets are a stain cherry cabinet in a shaker style. You could go with a complementing stained or painted finish cabinetry, perhaps in antique white or black.

3) If the mix / match is not your style consider a paint treatment. My best example of this is a fire I did in Durham, NC in 2007; my client had a small grease fire that scorched the finish on 3 of her upper cabinets above her stove. The insurance company allowed for replacement of these upper cabinets. She was not happy with that. (Now to be fair, this was an extremely smart professor at Duke University and as soon as the fire happened she started dreaming of her new kitchen.) When I broke the estimate down into our budget for the cabinets she was highly disappointed. She wanted her new kitchen. I replaced the 3 damaged parts of the cabinets with unfinished stock pieces that matched in style and repainted all of her dated oak cabinetry to a new beautiful modern black. We added new hardware, repainted the walls and I was able to get new countertops for her, by choosing a less expensive replacement floor. Within 2 weeks she had a brand new remodeled kitchen with nothing more than her deductible out of pocket.

4) You could order the cabinets to match your existing cabinetry and if they do not match well enough you can go back to your insurance company and have them come back out to assist you with another option. PLEASE NOTE: if you're set on getting a kitchen completely different than what you had and you opt to try and match your existing cabinets and fail, the insurance company is not going to pay to replace the newly replaced cabinets again. Do not go out and get cabinets that clearly will not be a match to your cabinets and then call the insurance company and say "I tried to match the cabinets but they do not match." This is fraud and you can be charged.

The best advice I can give anyone is to understand your policy. Look at your declarations page thoroughly. Understand your coverage. If there are any changes in your home update your insurance as necessary, to protect your home, yourself and your family.

Understanding your claim can be both easy and confusing. It's easy if you listen, take notes and ask questions (to both your insurance company and your contractor). I've seen homeowner become completely befuddled by a claim when they try to make sense of it without knowing enough or by trying to break down the estimate line item by line item and add up the totals to "checkup" on the contractor or adjuster. Just remember that life becomes unsettled when it's least convenient. There is never a good time to have to file an insurance claim. However, life is unpredictable and it will slap you in the face when you have all your balls in the air. I recommend to all of my clients to get a spiral notebook or notepad the moment they have to file a claim. Write everything down because if you're like everyone else as soon as you think of a question for you adjuster you'll forget their name and lose their contact information and / or your claim number. Keep track of everything. Start collecting pictures of things you like that will have to be replaced, it's good to dream but do not be unrealistic. Do not assume that because something got wet it will be replaced. Carpet is one of the most argued for items. Most homeowners assume that because the carpet was wet for several hours before it was discovered it will be claimed as unsalvageable. In a general Class 1 / Category 1 (Clean water) loss most carpet can and will be saved. Restoration companies are HIGHLY trained to dry these items. Carpet is replaced as a last resort. It may need to have the pad replaced and be restretched / rekicked and cleaned but in rare situations does it require replacement. Delamination is a reason for replacement. Delamination is when the primary and secondary backing of the carpet separate. One of my favorite arguments for carpet replacement was from one of my homeowners in Virginia who said that her carpet was not wet before and therefore should be replaced. I had to laugh on the inside when she said this because while I am confident that the 83 gallons of water which we removed from her living room were not present prior to the loss; the water did not damage her carpet. She argued her point (I think she was a law student) for nearly an hour and a half. She did not win. She argued that water damages fabric and since it was not wet prior to her loss it should be replaced to prior condition. I agree that water does damage some fabrics but her carpet was not made of silk or wool. It was average nylon carpet, and after checking the tags of 8-10 pieces of clothing (looking for nylon) that she normally wears and washes, she dropped that argument. She rebutted that the carpet color changed / darkened where the carpet was wet. Yes, it was darker where the water was, because it was still wet! Two days later upon completion of drying the carpet, the homeowner confirmed that the carpet color returned to its original shade. Nonetheless, her next argument was that by getting wet, the carpet's structure was now damaged. She could not really explain what she meant, but I was confident I knew where she was trying to go. When I explained to her that during the manufacturing process carpet is routinely exposed to several "water baths" in order to manufacture it. When she learned that water is used in the manufacturing process she had no further arguments. Feel free to use any of her argument should you want to try and get your non-damaged carpet replaced. If you're carpet gets wet with clean water and is not found to be delaminated, look for staining from furniture feet. Staining IS a valid reason to replace carpet.

Drywall and trim are the other most commonly damaged items in a home during a water loss. Drywall patches are 100% acceptable in restoration. The insurance company does not owe to replace all of the drywall in a room because there was a section that had to be removed. Understand that drywall can usually be dried without any relating issues. If a section has to be removed a patch fit to the squared-up removed section is acceptable. Once properly taped and mudded that patch will not be noticeable, if it is than your contractor needs to have another drywall crew redo the repair. Yes, drywall is hung in 4×8 or 4×12 sheets but that does not mean that you need an entire new sheet of drywall "because it was not previously patched." Any new drywall will be sealed and painted to match.

Insurance companies / adjusters are starting to release the reins on painting of a room. It varies company to company- adjuster to adjuster- and on the clients' attitude. For years the standard has been to apply two coats of paint to the new drywall and 1 coat to the remaining section of wall (corner to corner). The corner to corner theory is that when painting a room you can / typically stop in the corner once you have an entire wall painted. You never want to stop mid wall because that will be noticeable. Also with corner to corner if the paint shade is slightly off it will not be visible as it stops in the corner and light casting shadows will affect the paint shade as well. Having been met with so many contractor arguments over painting the remaining walls, during the last 2 years we have seen the corner to corner rule relax. Typically now, if I have a 12×12 room and I patch one of the walls, I will apply two coats of paint on top of two coats of primer to the new drywall. I can usually get the adjuster to approve repainting the remaining walls, to match. This does not mean that you get to change your 12×12 powder blue dining room to Victorian red. This means that you get a fresh coat of powder blue paint in your dining room. However, if you're nice to your contractor you can update that powder blue to a similar tonal value color such as a grey blue. Cultivating and fostering a good relationship with your contractor can only benefit you.

One of the other biggest items homeowners do not understand that do not get covered are the source repair costs. Example: the ring between your toilet tank and bowl rots, causing your toilet to leak. The insurance coverage will be to repair the damage that the toilet caused. It however, will not cover the cost of fixing or replacing that toilet, or your cost to hire the plumber to come out and shut off the water and remove the toilet. In short, your insurance company is not trying to "stick it to you". It is important to note that any form of water damage should be cleaned in a timely manner. Damage can spread Water to mold damage, and your insurance company is not Likely to pay for a mold inspection the if they 're you feel View That aided the progression of the mold by vBulletin® in delaying the drying area Hotels . If something does not make sense. Ask about it. If you do not understand the answer or are having difficulty with your adjuster ask for their supervisor. If something raises a flag in the supervisors head they can and often will either send out another adjuster / field reinspector or come out and investigate. Do not be afraid to ask if you truly feel that you're not being treated fairly. Your insurance agent can also help to explain your policy to you.

Regardless of what you feel you're owed, just because you've been paying into you policy for x number of years does not mean you get everything and anything you want. Indemnity is a basic insurance principle that states that you, as an insured should not be allowed to profit from an insurance loss. This principle is important and helps to protect both the insurance company and you.

Eczema Clothing – How Does Clothing Effect Eczema Symptoms?

Having eczema, generally means the skin is exceptionally sensitive and there are many factors involved in creating eczema symptoms. One in particular is the clothes we wear, more importantly what materials they are made from. As someone with eczema, you should be aware of the potential irritation that certain materials can bring and look into finding "eczema clothing" that will be far more suitable for highly sensitive skin.

The following points are essential in keeping you skin itch and irritation free.

Point 1 – Abrasion

Many clothes are completely unacceptable for an eczema sufferers due to the abrasive qualities of the materials they are made from. Clothes made from certain wools and linen can cause extreme disruption to the skin and wearing such clothes for a full day can lead to a flare-up of eczema. Try to avoid them those types of materials where possible.

Point 2 – Clothes That Cause Us To Over-heat

A huge factor in the potential breakout of eczema, is materials that cause us to sweat and over-heat. Skin which is very sensitive and prone to eczema, does not fare well in these circumstances and will quickly become itchy and uncomfortable. Such materials are, silk, denim and leather. This, of course, is when the offending material is right next to the skin. If you wear a layer underneath to protect the skin, then there should be no negative symptoms.

Point 3 – Man-Made Materials

If you suffer with eczema then materials such as polyester and acrylic should be avoided. At first they may feel light and airy, and perhaps there are those that may be fine with them, however, they can cause extreme itchiness and discomfort. It is unclear whether this is due to the unnatural fibers or the molecular structure of the material.

Eczema Clothing

There is one material that you can be guaranteed that will not cause any symptoms of eczema, that material being cotton. This natural material is completely conducive with eczema sufferers and is very gentle on the surface of the skin. Light cotton clothes are great as an undergarment for the more scratchy clothes, so you can have the best of both worlds. The use of cotton clothing for babies and toddlers with eczema is paramount for their comfort.

Not only is cotton soft on the skin, but it is also a light material that can still provide warmth.

These points are even more poignant for underwear and night clothes as they are directly in contact with the skin for longer periods of time. Taking care of your skin in connection with finding the right materials for your clothing can go a long way in keeping your skin itch-free and comfortable.

The Hip Hop Culture Identity

Hip-hop is not just about music. Hip-hop is about dance, art, expression, pain, love, racism, sexism, broken families, hard times, overcoming adversity and the search for God. It's a culture, a way of life, a language, a fashion, a set of values, and a unique perspective. Hip-hop is about trying to live out the American dream from the bottom up.

Hip-Hop culture is a unique phenomenon because it does incorporate and affect so many different cultures, ages and classes. In the early 1970's the unnamed culture known today as "hip-hop" was forming in New York City's ghettos. Each element in this culture had its own history and terminology contributing to the development of a cultural movement. The culture was identified in the early 1980's when DJ Afrika Bambaataa named the dynamic urban movement, "hip-hop." Since that time "hip-hop" has served as a powerful voice and form of expression for young black audiences and has evolved into a culture with its own language, style of dress and mindset. The hip hop culture envelops not only music but also fashion and dance.

What makes hip hop's evolution is the range of flavor the culture has to offer and what "hip-hop heads" thrive on is individuality and creativity, which is never more apparent than in hip-hop fashion. In fact, hip hop fashion is one of the top clothing industries in the world today. It is claimed to have begun in the African American community but has spread quickly into being a truly universal style for people of all ethnicities and sexes and a lynch pin of hip hop culture. Hip hop fashion is preferred by various celebrities such as 50 cent, Puff Daddy, Ja Rule and Sean Combs. It is often satirized by comedians such as Ali G. Hip hop fashion is a visible element of hip hop culture.

Hip hop dancing is evolving in many different directions today, heavily influenced by the evolution of hip hop music and its popularity in media, surrounded by heated debates on history and authenticity. Modern hip hop music gave birth to new styles of hip hop dancing partly inspired by the old school styles. Most of those styles focused on upright dancing as opposed to breakdance which is better known for its floor-oriented movements. To express one's creative talent, hip-hop dancing is perhaps the best way in which impressions and expressions come from the soul.

Music has always played a key role in shaping minds and attitudes. Hip hop music sheds light on contemporary politics, history and race. The social influence hip hop music has on the hip hop cultural movement includes activities of dancing, associated slang, fashion and other elements. Hip hop music encompasses the written word, visual art, dance and rhythmic style with intricate beats. Music has no boundaries and no limits; anything worthy should be available through music, especially spirituality and religion. A big influence on the hip hop identity is its redeeming music.

Culture is the product of a current reality. The identity of a culture is created by the work and thought of human beings. It is the expression of a class or element of a particular class and is reflective of a certain period. The allure of Hip Hop culture as an organizing mechanism has arisen primarily because there is no existing political apparatus that adequately addresses the needs of young people and / or poor and working class communities; in a political vacuum. Culture, as a general matter, cuts to the core of how people articulate their beliefs, values ​​and customs. Hip Hop culture is the most visible and vocal representative entity of its own identity.

Types of Cotton Used For Clothing

Cotton clothing is extremely popular. A majority of people own some type of clothing that is either totally made of cotton, or contains at least some percentage of cotton. It is a very comfortable material, and many people love to wear it. Did you know that there are several different types of cotton? Well, there are lots of different kinds of cotton that are used for clothing.

Heavier cotton that is found in sweaters for the fall and winter is called Canton Cotton. It is soft and difficult to pull apart. This is the most popular type of cotton, and most people are familiar with it. It feels a little like flannel.

Organic Cotton is a little bit harder to come by. Regular department stores normally do not sell items with organic cotton, but there are many online retailers for it. Organic Cotton is grown without chemicals. All of the harmful pesticides used in typical growing processes are absent from the process of developing this cotton. Even in the manufacturing process, organic clothing is not exposed to the environmentally harmful chemicals that other materials are exposed to.

Another type of cotton is Bamboo cotton. This type of cotton material is 30% organic and is very, very soft. The use actual crushed bamboo mixed with the organic cotton to create clothing. It is all natural, and chemical free. It is better for your skin and for the environment.

A lighter flannel-like cotton is called cotton twill. It is good for fall wear, because it is a bit lighter than canton cotton.

French Terry cotton is slightly heavier than cotton twill, but not as heavy as Canton cotton. It is rather soft and has a short nap.

Honeycomb cotton is a lightweight type of cotton that dries quickly.

Egyptian cotton has longer, thinner fibers. This type of cotton creates strong yarn that makes nice and smooth fabrics.

Yet another type of cotton is Oxford Chambray. It is a medium weight cotton.

Regardless of the type of cotton that is in your clothing, you can always tell that it is indeed cotton. It has such a unique feeling and texture to it. Cotton material is great for sweaters, underwear, pajamas, shirts, shorts, pants and practically anything that you can wear. It lets your skin breathe. Most people like the way cotton clothing feels on their body.

Some people have found that they are allergic to cotton. It could be a particular type of cotton that is used for their clothing, or a chemical that is used in growing the cotton or manufacturing the clothes.

Organic and Bamboo cotton are really good for the environment because they do not use many of the harmful chemicals, like dyes, pesticides, and other things that pollute the environment. People who think that they might be allergic to cotton might just be allergic to the chemicals in non organic cotton clothes. The process of growing cotton and making clothes can potentially involve heavy use of environmentally harmful materials that contribute to global warming and the destruction of the ozone layer. Thankfully, some companies are making strides to make more organic clothing so that the things that we wear are 'greener'.

Plus Size Hard to Find in Vietnam

Over recent decades Vietnam has become a leading clothes manufacturer and its numerous garment enterprises, large and small, produce a wide range of fashionable outfits in all fabrics, styles and price ranges. The country is also becoming a popular tourist destination, so one might expect that local stores would be eager to sell garments to visitors, and visitors would be interested in taking home quality products from their country of origin. However, the small stature of Vietnamese men and women, and the low proportion that is overweight, is reflected in the stock of most clothes stores, with a standard size range in which even the average westerner searches for the proverbial needle in a haystack, and the plus size visitor searches in vain.

The Vietnamese people are amongst the smallest in the world and this has become a national concern. In December 2014, The Vietnamese Sports Authority launched a programme to develop the physical strength and stature of the people. No doubt, this will change the situation in time, but for the moment, clothes on sale in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are almost exclusively in sizes for people of short stature and normal weight. With only ten percent overweight, even in the urban areas, there are almost no plus size people by Western standards. Expanding tourism has persuaded some stores to cater for taller people of average structure but plus size clothes are still very hard to find.

In Vietnamese stores one finds clothes labelled with all the various international dress sizes but they can not be relied upon. Travellers have often reported that they found, for example, XXL sizes that were equivalent to medium or large sizes elsewhere. Vietnamese people invariably try on every garment before purchasing and visitors are strongly advised to do the same. Many local people get their clothes custom made by a tailor and for a visitor with a few days to spare this is the best option. It is usually the only option, for the plus size person.

As a tourist destination, Vietnam ticks almost all the boxes. Its long narrow form, stretching from north to south, from temperate to tropical climes, provides a land for all seasons, filled with physical, cultural and historical features of absorbing interest. It also offers a diverse range of hand-crafted artifacts of unique aesthetic appeal. Its ladies apparel, in style and quality, should interest even the most discerning buyer. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, this promise will extend even to those voluptuous lady visitors who search for the plus size label.

Dry Penis – Major Causes, Symptoms and Best Treatment

Many men, of all ages, experience dry penis skin at some stage in their life, especially on the shaft and head of their penis. In fact, when dry penis skin presents itself, most men immediately believe the worst – they have contracted a STD or other illness from their partner or lover. This can, in many cases, lead to sexual anxiety between couples, with the condition becoming worse. It can also have an adverse affect on the sufferer's self-confidence and sexual habits, as well as their sex life.

However, this need not be the case. In most instances, dry penis skin is directly related to how the skin of the penis is treated and cared for, especially before, during, and after sexual intercourse and masturbation.

Now, before moving on, it is important to clarify that there are many common and simply treated conditions for dry penile skin. These conditions can be rectified over time and will not cause the sufferer any long term damage. In fact, once the cause is found many dry penile skin conditions will clear up and allow the sufferer to enjoy a happy and fulfilling sex life, as they once did. Therefore, rather than letting dry penis skin become a problem, let's look at some of the common causes, symptoms, and treatments of this condition.

Dry Penis Skin Causes

The most common cause of dry skin on the penis or a dry penis head is lack of care when masturbating or having sexual intercourse. The penis is delicate; its skin is softer than any other skin on the body and it has many nerve endings and capillaries. All of which make sex that much more pleasurable. Therefore, rubbing the penis against clothing, not using adequate lubrication when masturbating or having anal or vaginal sex, and coming into contact with genital stubble, can cause penile skin to dry and become flaky.

Other typical causes of dry penis skin include: allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and candida. On rare occasions, a STD may be responsible for making the penis skin dry, but usually other symptoms will become apparent.

Dry Penis Skin Symptoms

Dry penile skin may appear on the penis head and shaft after rough sexual activity. In addition, red patches and cracks may even become visible on the skin and the penis may be painful to touch.

Allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema share similar symptoms, such as dry patches on penis that may be flaky and itchy. On occasions, the penis may feel as though it is hot and burning with visible inflammation. The skin may also crack and weep, and be itchy.

Apart from making the penis skin dry, candida causes the penis to become red, inflamed and itchy. In fact, the itch is so insatiable that it will be hard to ignore. A discharge from the eye of the penis may also be noticed.

Typically STDs have many other symptoms that make them stand out from common causes of dry penile skin. These include blisters, bumps, sores, unusual colored discharge from the eye of the penis, and an unpleasant odor and pain when urinating.

Dry Penis Skin Treatment

All of the penis skin conditions mentioned are treatable, though it will take time for the penis to heal and repair itself. This is why it is recommended to abstain from any sexual activity until the dry penile skin disappears. If it is suspected that rough sexual activity has made the penis skin dry then it is suggested that a penis specific creme, (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), is used daily. This type of product protects the skin of the penis from damage, as it adequately moisturizes the skin and feeds the cells with vital nutrients that keep it optimal condition at all times.

If, after a week, no noticeable change in the condition of dry penis skin has been seen, or the symptoms indicate that more than rough sexual activity is making the penis skin dry, then it is recommended that medical advice be sought.