The minor cellulosic fibers include Hemp, Kenaf, Coir and Abaca. Isn’t this fun?
Linen is an ancient fiber with an ancient vocabulary.
Cotton is King and with good reason
What are the good and bad properties of fibers made from cellulose?
Silk is another important protein fiber that has a totally different history and set of properties, despite also being made from polymers of amino acids.
The specialty hair fibers include mohair, cashmere and camel, just to name a few.
This double length episode of the podcast focuses completely on wool, my favorite fiber.
This double length episode of the podcast introduces our first natural fiber, protein fibers, and explains some of the great properties of these fibers, going deep on moisture and moisture regain.
We wrap up our discussion of the internal morphology of fibers, focusing on polymer properties, by considering what the arrangement of polymers into crystalline structures can do for strength, or how cross-linking agents can improve resiliency.
While the surface morphology of fibers is an important influence on properties like luster and hand, it is the internal, chemical structure of the polymers that make up the fibers that has the greatest influence on properties like strength and absorbency.