- Created by: Lauren chambers
- Created on: 05-04-11 13:46
Cellulose Fibre :
These are those that are plant based. due to them being plant based they are generally stong but are also flamable due to there cellulose base, and can be affected by mildew.
Cotton is made from gossypium pland and is a staple fibre with an average length of 2-5 centimetres. It is also fairly cheap to buy and must be grown in hot countries such as the USA, China, India, Brazil and Turkey.
The advantages of cotton are that it is: very strong, especially when wet, absorbs moisture well, therefore it can be dyed, resistant to most chemicals, so it can be bleached, has good abrasion resistance and is not stretchty. It can also with stand being washed at a high temperature.
But it can be prone to shrinking, is very flammable, creases badly and it is also affected by mildew, meaning that it wll go mouldy if it gets damp.
Flax is the name of the fibre itself, but it is reffered to as linen. It is also a staple fibre but its average length is 30-40 centimetres. It is often used for summer products as it is cool and breathable, it also has an unusual slub texture.
The advantages of flax are that it is the strongest natural fibre there is, both wet and dry so it is suitable to be washed often. It is also hardwearing so can withstant abrasion. It has a very soft handle but the more it is worn the softer and stronger…