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1. Wool
Written by: Aaron Handford
...There are different types of wool such as organic sheep wool and organic alpaca wool. The lather is finer than cashmere, smoother than silk, softer than cotton, stronger than mohair and warmer than go...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:36:55 +0100
Word count: 65
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Viscose is the most common type of rayon, which is composed of regenerated cellulose. Derived from wood pulp, cotton linters, or other vegetable matter. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:36:28 +0100
Word count: 26
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Vegetable fibers are derived from the stem, leaf or seed of various plants. In many cases, the technique is ancient and is now being rediscovered as an ecological alternative to the polluting cotton...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:35:54 +0100
Word count: 36
4. Tencel
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Tencel is naturally derived from cellulose which is extracted from managed trees. It is one of the softest and most elegant fibers available. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:35:23 +0100
Word count: 25
5. Sisal
Written by: Aaron Handford
... A strong bast fiber that originates from the leaves of the Agave plant, which is found in the West Indies, Central America, and Africa. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:34:59 +0100
Word count: 26
Written by: Aaron Handford
...See pineapple fiber. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:31:07 +0100
Word count: 11
7. Ramie
Written by: Aaron Handford
...Ramie is a bast fiber, similar to flax, taken from the stalk of a plant grown in China. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:30:04 +0100
Word count: 18
Written by: Aaron Handford
...Pineapple fiber or Piña is a strong white or creamy cobweb-like fiber drawn from tall leaves of an indigenous pineapple plant. The fiber is hand stripped from the leaves in lengths of about 18 ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:29:24 +0100
Word count: 87
9. PET
Written by: Aaron Handford
... PET fabric is made out of recycled plastic bottles blended with cotton. Thanks to technological innovation, the combination of these fibers enables the creation of a knitted fabric that has just the...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:28:33 +0100
Word count: 46
Written by: Aaron Handford
...See cruelty-free silk. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:28:07 +0100
Word count: 11
Written by: Aaron Handford
...Nettle fabric is developed from the Brennessel plant and was very popular in the Middle-Ages when upper-class ladies preferred it over silk. This plant grows in almost all types of soils and it requir...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:25:58 +0100
Word count: 120
12. Mohair
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Mohair usually refers to a silk-like fabric or yarn made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibers in use and it's both durable and resilient. It's notable for its...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:23:18 +0100
Word count: 84
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Milk fiber goes back to World War I, when the Germans, interested in other sources for fabric, discovered milk's potential for cloth. To create the fiber, liquid milk is dried and its proteins extra...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:22:45 +0100
Word count: 110
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Lenpur is a novel textile fiber from a renewable resource: cellulose carefully selected from the branches of special trees. The remarkable properties of wood provides textile materials made from Len...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:22:09 +0100
Word count: 86
15. Latex
Written by: Aaron Handford
... There are different kinds of latex: 100% latex - same as latex.  All natural latex - some manufacturers and retailers use this term to describe the blended latex they use to confuse c...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:21:25 +0100
Word count: 110
16. Kapok
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Kapok is a short, lightweight, cotton-like, vegetable fiber found in the seed pods of the Bombocaceae tree. Because of its brittle quality, it is generally not spun. However, its buoyancy and moistu...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:18:30 +0100
Word count: 46
17. Jute
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Jute is a bast fiber, chiefly from India, used primarily for gunny sacks, bags, cordage, and binding threads in carpets and rugs. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:17:27 +0100
Word count: 24
18. Flax
Written by: Aaron Handford
...The plant from which cellulose linen fiber is obtained. Linen is used in apparel, accessories, draperies, upholstery, tablecloths, and towels. ...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:16:07 +0100
Word count: 20
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Fish skin is regarded as industrial waste: after it’s separated from the filet for consumption, it normally gets thrown out. But now the skins are dried, bleached and eventually turned into le...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:12:53 +0100
Word count: 81
Written by: Aaron Handford
... Conventional silk is made by boiling the intact cocoons and thereby killing the silk worms after which the single silk strand is unwound onto reels. Peace silk allows the silkworm to emerge from the...
Sat, 07 Mar 2009 08:11:50 +0100
Word count: 68
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