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Animal Fibres

Animal fibres refer to natural fibres that are derived from the hair or fur of animals. These fibres are highly valued for their softness, warmth, and durability, and have been used for thousands of years to create clothing, blankets, and other textiles. Animal fibres are produced by a variety of animals, including sheep, goats, rabbits, llamas, alpacas, camels, and muskoxen. One of the most common animal fibres is wool, which is produced by sheep. Wool is known for its excellent insulation properties, as well as its ability to wick away moisture from the skin. Other animal fibres, such as cashmere and mohair, are produced by goats and are prized for their softness and warmth. Angora wool, which comes from rabbits, is also highly valued for its softness and is often used to create luxury items such as sweaters and scarves. Animal fibres are typically harvested by shearing or combing the animal's hair or fur. The fibres are then cleaned, carded, and spun into yarn, which can be used to create a wide range of textiles. Animal fibres are often blended with other fibres, such as cotton or silk, to create fabrics with unique properties. While animal fibres are highly valued for their warmth and durability, they can be expensive and require special care to maintain their quality. Many animal fibres are prone to shrinking or felting if they are not washed and dried properly, and some people may be allergic to certain animal fibres.

wool, cashmere, mohair, angora wool, shearing

Charles King

CITATION : "Charles King. 'Animal Fibres.' Design+Encyclopedia. https://design-encyclopedia.com/?E=378551 (Accessed on February 24, 2024)"


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