The textile, home furnishing industry makes used of many different types of fibers as its raw materials. There are a number of factors influencing the development and utilization of all different fibers. These include:
- Ability to be spun
- Availability in sufficient quantity
- Economy of production
- Properties desired for manufacturing a particular product.
Fibers can be classified into:
- Natural Fiber: These fibers can be
sourced from plants, animals and minerals.
Types of natural fibers:
- Vegetable Fibers
- Animal Fibers
- Mineral Fibers
- Man Made Fiber: These fibers include cellulosic and non cellulosic polymer fibers. The fibers can also be sourced from mineral fibers, metallic fibers and rubber fibers.