Introduction to Seed Fibres
- The seeds and fruits of plants are often have attatched hairs or a husk that can be fibrous. These fibres are seed fibres.
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- Kapok is very light, very bouyant, resiliant and water resistant.
- The process of harvesting this fibre is labout intensive and manual.
- It is difficult to spin but is used as filling in mattresses, pillows, upholstery and for insulation (until sythetic materials largely replaced it).
- Now kapok is used in life jackets. It can support up to three times the weight of the preserver and does not become waterlogged.
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- Cotton is a soft staple fibre that grows in a form known as a boll. It grows around the seeds of the cotton plant.
- The fibre is often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft breathable fabrics.
- Cotton is the most widely used natural fibre today.
- Cotton farming has many moral and environmental implications.
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