Where do textile fibers come from?

Where do textile fibers come from?
December 4, 2018 Paul

Where Do Textile Fibers Come From?

When individuals are looking into textiles, they want to know how cotton is used.  Therefore, research is being used to convey the effectiveness and capabilities of textile fibers.

What material and places do textile fibers come from?  Textile fibers are classified into two categories as natural or man-made fibers. The most important natural fibers are consist of cellulosic fibers, (cotton, flax, jute, sisal, etc.), protein fibers (wool, silk, etc.), and mineral fiber (asbestos).  Man-made fibers can be divided into these categories: regenerated fibers (unmodified (rayon, lyocell) and modified (cellulose acetate and triacetate), synthetic fibers (polyester, polyamide, polyacrylic, polyurethane, etc.), and refractory and industrial fibers (ceramic, carbon, glass, etc.).  These categories help determine what products are useful for textiles.

Textile fibers come in a great variety, but cellulose and polyester tend to be used the most in the industry.  According to research from ScienceDirect, 80% of the world’s textile fibers are based on these two genres with the next closest being nylon at 18%.

Related Questions:

Where exactly do textile fibers come from?  They come from a variety of locations. However, they typically come from the hairs of mammals such as sheep’s wool.  

Are there any exceptions to fibers? Yes, there is. Asbestos is defined as a natural inorganic fiber. This differs from the natural and man-made categories.


Paul Mojica