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Haley Baker

Natural Fibers

Fibers from plants or animal sources.

•Staple fibers:  Lower quality, short fibers.

•Filament fibers:  Long, continuous fibers of higher quality.

•Cellulosic fibers:  Fibers from plants.

•Protein fibers:  Fibers derived from animals or insects

Part I:  Natural Fibers:  You are to assume

the role of trainer of this section of the curriculum our job is to create a training tool that could be used to train others about natural fibers

Create an online poster using Tackk.com or smore.com  that could be used to train someone on this section of curriculum.  Be prepared to present yours in class. Use the 4.01 PowerPoint to assist you with this project.

Be sure to detail the basic natural fibers, their characteristics, care, and uses.  Include cotton, wool, flax, and silk on your poster.  Be sure to illustrate each of these natural fibers by some picture that you find during your research that accurately represents each of these fibers.  When you are finished with your poster, you will upload this poster to the Edmodo thread for Part I:  Natural Fibers.


•Most widely used of all natural fibers•Grown in the southern U.S. and other warm climates

•Characteristics:       Strong and durable       Absorbent

       Cool to wear

       Shrinks in hot water

       Wrinkles easily

•Proper care

–Machine wash

–Tumble dry at moderate temperatures

–Press with warm to hot iron


•Common uses:



       Shirts, blouses


       Towels, sheets

The fiber that forms the coat (fleece) of sheep.  

•Primary sources are Australia, South America, New Zealand, and United Kingdom


       Natural insulator; warmest of            all natural fibers

       Soft and resilient

       Naturally flame retardant

       Absorbs moisture more slowly            than cotton

       Shrinks if machine washed                or dried unless chemically            treated

       Affected by moths

•Proper care for untreated wool:

–Dry clean or hand wash in cool water and a mild detergent (according to garment label)

–Do not place in dryer

–Press with cool iron

Common uses:


•Tailored suits




•Rugs, carpets

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