Diameter: Can be made to any diameter
Very fine: < 10 μm, Fine: < 20 μm, Medium: 20-50 μm, Course: > 50 μm
Staple length: continuous filament
short < 26 mm, medium 26-29 mm, long: 30-38 mm, extra long: 39 mm and over
Natural fibre colour: Off white
Microscopic Images (Cross sectional and SEM):
Sinclair, Rose. Textiles and Fashion. Vol. 126. Cambridge: Elsevier Science & Technology, 2014. Woodhead Publishing Ser. in Textiles. Web.Caption:
A distorted circle with a serrated contour
Smooth surface with lengthwise lines called striations, naturally bright luster.
Tensile strength (cN/dtex) : 1.5-2.0 dry, 0.7-1.1 wet
Moisture regain (%): 13%
Flammability: Ignites quickly, burns with a bright yellow frame, sometimes more rapidly than cotton. Odour is like burning paper. Ash is light grey feathery.
different methods of production determine its sustainability potential. Alway check the source of wod pulp is not from old grow forests but instead from renewable resources. It is a water intensive manufacturing porcess. In the past methods used toxic carbon disulfide that were released into the environment. Newer technologies are able to capture the carbon disulfide and recover most of the sulfur to recycle it through a closed loop manufacturing process.
Apparel: Mainly apparel (as silk-like) and used in blends to reduce cost
Taylor MA, 2004. Technology of Textile Properties. Third edition. Forbes Publications, London, UK.
Zhong Z and Xiao C, 2008. Fabric composition and testing. In: Fabric Testing. Ed: Hu, J. Woodhead Publishing Limited, Cambridge, UK.
ISO/TR 11827:2012 Textiles — Composition testing — Identification of fibres.
Houck, Max M. Identification of Textile Fibers. Cambridge : Boca Raton: Woodhead Pub. in Association with The Textile Institute ; CRC, 2009. Print.