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What is "Natural Fibers" - Definition & Explanation

Materials that grow in nature such as cotton, flax, hemp, alpaca, wool and silk. The processing natural fibers into organic clothing is done with as few chemicals and harmful impact on the environment as possible.
All fibers made out of plants, animal and mineral sources belong to the group of natural fibers. Various conditions in climate, plantation or breed of animal can influence the characteristic and quality of the fiber.
Australian Wool, for example, is different in its texture from Scottish wool. With the exception of ‘endless’ silk thread, natural fibers are staple yarns (elongated single cells).
In the group of vegetable fibers you will find yarns such as Cotton, Linen, Hemp, Jute, Ramie, Sisal.

In the group of animal fibers you will find yarns such as Wool, Mohair, Horsehair, Goat hair, Silk.

A general term for fibers derived from natural substances such as cellulose, proteins and minerals.
Fibers that were not created by people, such as cotton, linen, wool, and silk.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

The device (similar to a showerhead) which forms strands of filament as molten polymer is pumped through. It is at this stage that the fiber cross section, fiber size and the number of filaments in a...
A pile fabric with a clipped nap. Before clipping, the nap is a loop as found in frieze or boucle. Velvet was introduced during the Renaissance in Italy and Spain and later moved to France. Designs...
Paisley is a droplet-shaped vegetal motif, similar to half of the T'ai Chi symbol, the Indian bodhi tree leaf, or the mango tree. The design originated in India and spread to Scotland when British...
A fabric that, owing to the nature of the weave, shows rounded cords in the warp direction with pronounced sunken lines between them. NOTE: The weave on the face of the cords is usually plain, but...
Coir (from Malayalam kayaru - cord) is a coarse fibre extracted from husk, the fibrous outer shell of a coconut. Structure The individual fibre cells are narrow and hollow, with thick walls made of...

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