There are many types of fibres and fabrics used to create textiles today. Fibers are strands of materials whereas cloth or fabrics are textiles made by weaving or knitting fibers together. fibers can be natural or man-made and plant or animal based or something else altogether. A majority of fabrics is made from using natural fibers such as cotton, silk, fur and wool. Other fabrics are made of manufactured fibers. There are two types, regenerated and synthetic. Regenerated fibers are made from natural materials processed to form strands of fibers. Synthetic fibers are made entirely from chemicals
. Natural fibers derived from plants and animals are: cotton denim flannel leather, linen silk terry cloth, velvet and wool such as angora, cashmere and mohairSynthetic fabrics Are made of chemicals that are sometimes combined with organic materials. Examples are: acetate nylon acrylic polar fleece polyester, rayon and spandex The most widely used of textile fibers is cotton. Cotton fabric is easy to clean, durable, comfortable, and can be dyed any color. Unfortunately, cotton can stretch out over time. Interestingly, both gunpowder and our currency contain cotton.
Some other natural fibers that are not as common are coir- from coconuts. Two of the of stronger fibers are flax and jute. Two other uncommon fibers are Ramie and sisal. When a fabric is desired that lets the skin breathe, linen is highly favored as it is cool and comfortable in the heat. Some may be surprised to learn that fibers can be created from inorganic materials such as glass, metal, carbon, or ceramics. Currently there’s a fiber made of wood pulp called tensel. It is stronger than cotton but softer. It also wrinkles less and it breathes much better than cotton. Whether one wants natural fibers or man-made there are many fibres to choose from and in turn, fabrics. Or you can do is this author does and feel of them all then choose.