what are the different types of fibres?

Depending on the origin of a fibre, it can be classified as natural or synthetic.


The fibres obtained from plants and animals are called natural fibres. Examples of natural fibres include cotton, jute, wool, and silk. Natural fibres can further be classified as plant fibres and animal fibres. As their names suggest, fibres obtained from plants are called plant fibres, while those obtained from animals are called animal fibres. Cotton and jute are examples of the former, while silk and wool are examples of the latter.

Man-made fibres are known as synthetic fibres. They are made by carrying out reactions between various chemicals. Synthetic fibres are not easily affected by micro-organisms and have more strength than natural fibres. Rayon, nylon, acrylic, and polyester are examples of synthetic fibres.

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Natural fibres and synthetic/man-made fibres.

Natural - made from natural sources eg: cotton

Synthetic - made from chemicals or chemically treated natural sources. eg: nylon

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