Fiber Definitions: Textile Fibers Definition List by Apparel Search 

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Some of these may be better termed as chemical compounds then textile fibers.  However, this list should give you a good understanding of textile fiber.  This textile fiber list will guide you to definitions to help educate you regarding fiber.

Fiber or fibre is a natural or synthetic substance that is significantly longer than it is wide.  Fibers are often used in the manufacture of other materials.

  • Natural fibers develop or occur in the fiber shape, and include those produced by plants, animals, and geological processes.
  • Synthetic fibers come entirely from synthetic materials such as petrochemicals, unlike those man-made fibers derived from such natural substances as cellulose or protein.
  • Microfibers in textiles refer to sub-denier fiber (such as polyester drawn to 0.5 denier).

Fiber Definition

Acetate

Acrylic

Alpaca Fiber

Angora Rabbit

Angora Wool

Bamboo

Camel Hair

Cashmere

Cellulose

Coir

Cotton

Flax

Guanaco

Hemp

Jute

Kevlar

Linen

Llama Wool

Lycra

Lyocell

Merino Wool

Metallic

Microfiber

Modacrylic

Mohair

Nomex

Nylon

Olefin

Organic Cotton

Polyester

Polyolefin

Polypropylene

Rayon

Silk

Spandex

Staple Wool

Synthetic Fibers

Teflon

Viscose

Wool

Wool Bale

Wool Classing

Wool Insulation

Wool Measurement

Denier and Dtex are two measurements of fiber yield based on weight and length. A fiber, a single filament of natural material, such as cotton, linen or wool, or artificial material such as nylon, polyester, metal or mineral fiber, or man-made cellulosic fibre like viscose, Modal, Lyocell or other rayon fiber is measured in terms of linear mass density, the weight of a given length of fiber. Various units are used to refer to the measurement of a fiber, such as: the denier and tex (linear mass density of fibers), super S (fineness of wool fiber), worsted count, woolen count, cotton count (or Number English (Ne)), Number metric (Nm) and yield (the reciprocal of denier and tex).  Learn more about units of textile measurement.

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Did you know that in the USA, we typically spell the word "Fiber".  In several other countries it is spelled "Fibre".

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