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Cotton Loses Out to Convenience

August 11, 1995

Regarding "A New Name, but the Same Old Polyester," by Denise Hamilton (July 27): I think that Hamilton has been seduced by the Natural Fiber Cult.

I've had a 40-year love affair with man-made fibers. They have saved me 6,000 to 10,000 hours of standing over a hot ironing board. They have made traveling lighter and easier because we rarely need to spend time or money on laundry service.

To me there is no excuse for making lovely white 100% cotton nightgowns that look like used handkerchiefs before morning or creating white cotton blouses with beautiful embroidery, tucking and details that make them so difficult to iron and only look well for one wearing. I feel cheated when I buy an elegant outfit that can't maintain its beauty through sitting in a car or at dinner.

ELIZABETH K. ARMSTRONG

Pacific Palisades

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