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Textile Fibres and Constructions

What is a textile fibre?
''Fibres are units of matter having length at least 100 times their diameter or width.'' In other words: Fibres are long and thin materials.

What is a textile construction?
A textile construction is what holds fibres together in a textile.
Different kinds of textile fibres
• Natural fibres – long history,
• Man-made fibres – since 1900:
o Synthetic fibres – from polymers,
o Regenate fibre – e.g. from cellulose,

Properties of different kinds of textile fibres
Fibre              Moist absorbance   Abrasion resistance 
Cotton                  High                          High,
Wool                    High                         Medium,
Silk                      High                          Medium,
Polyester          Low (Very)                   High,
Viscose               High                          Medium,

Properties of different kinds of textile constructions
• Woven textiles » Stiff textile,
• Knitted textiles » Elastic textile,
• Non-woven textiles » Cheap textile,  
Influence Between Fibre And Construction and Final Properties
• There are no good or bad textile fibres or textile constructions.
• It all depends on what the final textile is going to be used for.
• Each textile fibre & construction has its place, consequences and cost. 

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