Why Clothes Shrink

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/98759520/98759523" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Your mother spent weeks knitting that new Christmas sweater, only for you to throw it into the wash and ruin it. Margaret Frey of Cornell University's department of fiber science and apparel design explains to Jacki Lyden why clothes shrink.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from