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Cotton Rope

cotton-ropeCotton rope is very soft to touch, lightweight and easy to handle.

It responds well to dye, and is widely used for decorative and handicraft applications.

It has a very low tensile strength and is ideal for light load applications including animal halters, toys for pets, sash cords.

Key properties at a glance: 

  • Twisted 3-strand construction
  • Made from natural fibres
  • Responds very well to dye
  • Poor water and rot resistance
  • Store in a dry place
  • Excellent knot stability & handling qualities

Related: Jute, Natural Hemp, Synthetic Hemp

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Cotton Rope Technical Details

Diameter / Weight / Break load 

DiameterWeight per 220m (kg)Weight per 110m (kg)
6mm7.5
8mm11
10mm15.5
12mm19
14mm29
16mm35
18mm39
20mm24
24mm30
28mm45
32mm55

Resistance 

Resistance Description
UV resistance Good
Abrasion resistance Poor
Rot and mouldNo
ChemicalPoor resistance to acids, alkalis, oils and other chemicals

Properties 

PropertiesDescription
ConstructionTwisted 3-strand. Produced from spun cotton growing around the seeds of cotton plants
MaterialNatural
Appearance Off-white colour. Smooth and slightly fuzzy 
FeelSoft and fluffy to touch
Handling Very lightweight, tactile and comfortable to handle. Least likely to cause friction burns
Density1.54
Strength (dry)Low tensile strength for decorative or light load applications
Strength (wet)Gets stronger by estimated 15%
Shock absorbencyPoor
Elongation at break loadLow: 5-10%
Stretch (elasticity)Low 
Performance in waterSinks, absorbs water, will shrink in length and expand in girth
Charring point177°C 
Electrical conductivityHigh
Biodegradable Yes
StorageDry only
Knot retentionVery good
Can be dyed?Yes – especially absorbent. Responds very well to all colours

 

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