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What is "Nonwoven Fabric" - Definition & Explanation

Non-woven textiles are those which are neither woven nor knit, for example felt. Non-wovens are typically not strong (unless reinforced by a backing), and do not stretch. They are cheap to manufacture.
A textile structure held together by interlocking of fibers in a random web, accomplished by mechanical, chemical, thermal or solvent means. Generally, crimped fibers that range in length from 0.75 to 4.5 inches are used.
Fabrics made directly from individual fibers that are matted together by forming an interlocking web of fibers either mechanically (tangling together) or chemically (gluing, bonding, or melting together).
In General, A Textile Structure Made Directly From Fibre Rather Than Yarn. Fabrics Are Normally Made From Extruded Continuous Filaments Or From Fibre Webs Or Batts Strengthened By Bonding Using Various Techniques: These Include Adhesive Bonding, Mechanical Interlocking By Needling Or Fluid Jet Entanglement, Thermal Bonding And Stitch Bonding., Note: Opinions Vary As To The Range Of Fabrics To Be Classified As Nonwoven.

Some other terms

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Properties given to textile materials using additives to eliminate or prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi. Usually, the additives remain after initial washing but may be washed out over a period...
A method of compressing, shrinking and felting a fabric through the use of moisture heat and mechanical pressure. Usually done on wool and wool blends such as melton. The process often obscure the...
Knitting is a craft by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth. Similar to crochet, knitting consists of loops called stitches pulled through each other. Knitting differs from crochet in that...
Refers to a coating that repels water but allows water vapor (thus perspiration) to pass through, allowing garments to be comfortable and waterproof. Used in garments for active wear and winter...
A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured...

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