Textile. Tuesday , June 05th , 2018 - 16:50:17 PM
Silk is an animal textile made from the fibres of the cocoon of the Chinese silkworm which is spun into a smooth fabric prized for its softness. There are two main types of the silk: mulberry silk produced by the Bombyx Mori and wild silk such as Tussah silk. Silkworm larvae produce the first type if cultivated in habitats with fresh mulberry leaves for consumption while Tussah silk is produced by silkworms feeding purely on oak leaves. Around four-fifths of the worlds silk production consists of cultivated silk
The related words fabric3 and cloth4 are often used in textile assembly trades (such as tailoring and dressmaking) as synonyms for textile. However there are subtle differences in these terms in specialized usage. A textile is any material made of interlacing fibres including carpeting and geotextiles. A fabric is a material made through weaving knitting spreading crocheting or bonding that may be used in production of further goods (garments etc.). Cloth may be used synonymously with fabric but is often a piece of fabric that has been processed.
Felting involves pressing a mat of fibres together and working them together until they become tangled. A liquid such as soapy water is usually added to lubricate the fibres and to open up the microscopic scales on strands of wool.
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