Textile also refers
yarns, threads and
wools that can be
tufted, tied and otherwise used to manufacture cloth.
The production of textiles is an ancient art, whose speed
and scale of production has been altered almost beyond recognition
by mass-production and the introduction of modern manufacturing
techniques. An ancient
Roman weaver would have no problem recognizing a
plain weave, twill,
Many textiles have been in use for millennia, while others
fibers and are recent inventions.
The range of fibers has increased in the last 100 years.
The first synthetics were made in the 1920s and 1930s.
Textiles can be made from a variety of materials. The
following is a partial list of the materials that can be
used to make
Seaweed: a water soluble fibre (alginate) is produced.
This is used as a holding fibre in the production of
certain textiles: when the cloth is finished the alginate
is dissolved, leaving an open area.
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