Friday, July 2, 2010

Nature Fibers




Natural fibers are greatly elongated substances produced by plants and animals that can be spun into filaments, thread or rope. Woven, knitted, matted or bonded, they form fabrics that are essential to society.

Like agriculture, textiles have been a fundamental part of human life since the dawn of civilizations. While the method used to make fabrics have changed greatly since then, their functions have changed very little : today, most natural fibers are still used to make clothing and containers and to insulate, soften and decorate our living spaces. Increasingly, however, traditional textiles are being used for industrial purposed as well as in components of composite materials, in medical implants, and geo- and agro-textiles.

Plant fibers include seed hairs, such as cotton; stem fibers, such as flax and hemp; leaf fiber, such as sisal; and husk fibers, such as coconut.

Animal fibers include wool, hair and secretions, such as silk.
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http://www.naturalfibres2009.org


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