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The 13th Century Saw Great Progress in the Dyeing and Working of Wool, Which Was by far the Most Important Material for Outerwear
Linen was increasingly used for embroidery digitizing clothing that was directly in contact with the skin.
Unlike wool, linen could be laundered and bleached in the sun. Cotton, imported raw from Egypt and elsewhere, was used for padding and quilting, and cloths such as buckram and fustian.
Bleaching improves whiteness by removing natural coloration and remaining trace impurities from the cotton; the degree of bleaching necessary is determined by the required whiteness and absorbency.
Cotton being a vegetable fibre will be bleached using an oxidizing agent, such as dilute sodium hypochlorite or dilute hydrogen peroxide.
If the fabric is to be dyed a deep shade, then lower levels of bleaching are acceptable, for example.
However, for white bed sheetings and medical applications, the highest levels of whiteness and absorbency are essential.
Like digitizing clothes moths, carpet beetles are likewise drawn to proteins, and can be quite destructive. Evidence of an infestation may take of the form of chewed holes, carcasses, or larvae, which appear as small pale worm-like insects.
Silverfish and firebrats are related insects which consume starch, usually found in sizing or other treatments applied to fabrics, as well as plant-based textiles such as linen and cotton.
Both are attracted to dark, moist climates, though silverfish prefer cooler temperatures, while firebrats tend towards warmer.

Both are about 12 millimetres in length and either light or dark in colouring, depending on which type is present. 

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