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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 terms habotai and China silk are interchangeable and denote a fine, lightweight silk used for scarves and lightweight, sheer garments. Habotai is a plain weave fabric with a soft...
A lightweight, plain weave, made of silk or manufactured fibers, with an open mesh-like appearance. Since the fabric is made with high twist filament yarns, it has a crisp hand. End uses include...
A very fine, all-silk tulle which originated in France. It has a cobweb appearance. Hexagonal open mesh. Made in 52 inch and 72 inch widths. Used in veils, particularly for weddings, trimmings....
A fine, firmly knit fabric made from cotton and sometimes rayon and nylon in a knitted, double knit construction. It has a very short soft nap and wears well. Nylon chamoisette is more often called...
a) Fabric A fabric made in satin weave. b) Weave A warp-faced weave in which the binding places are arranged with a view to producing a smooth fabric surface, free from twill. NOTE: To prevent...

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