Can You Name the Textile Fibres Present in Your Home?

A good question by someone who would like to know about the fibres present in our homes.
 
In our everyday lives, at home we use various items made of textile fibres. Depending on the textile and clothing items, those are made of different fibres. Major items are our apparels (garments) and home textiles.

Do you like to know the item name which are in fibre form, or the name of clothing items made of various fibres?

First let me brief you about different types of textile fibres. Later, I will name 2-3 items that are made of these fibre. If you give a closed look to all clothing items, you will find at least 10-15 different textile fibres are present in our homes. (Though it depends on the region and culture of the house). To prepare this list, I have considered an average home an Indian metro city (Delhi, NCR).

Textile fibre present at home
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List of textile fibres mostly found in our homes

  • Cotton – Cotton is a natural plant base fibre.
  • Silk – Animal fibre. Natural filament fibre.
  • Wool – Animal hair fibre. Firmed from sheep and a few other animals.
  • Jute – Jute is a plant based natural fibre.
  • Linen – Plant based natural fibre
  • Polyester – Synthetic fibre
  • Nylon – Man-made fibre.
  • Cellulose – Regenerated fibre from plant

Related post: 20 Natural fibres you may like to know 

Identifying the fibre content of all clothing items and other textile made items would be difficult job. By product name, it would be easier for to link fibre type with an item.  

1. Items made of cotton and cotton fabrics

- Home textile including bedsheets, pillow cover, bath towels are made of cotton fibre.
- Apparel items such as t-shirts, underwear, jeans, shirts, kurti, pants etc. are made of cotton fibre.
- Shopping bags
- Canvas
- School uniforms
- Cotton thread spool (used to repair clothes at home)
- Cotton sarees and petti coats

2. Items made of wool and acrylic

You know acrylic is wool like synthetic fibre. Many make mistakes in identifying /differentiating between wool and acrylic. So, I have added items made of either from wool or from acrylic.

- Sweaters, jumper
- Long coat
- Blankets
- Winter caps
- Shawl
- Socks
- Hand gloves

3. Items made of polyester fabrics

Most of clothing items you see in your home are made of synthetic fibres which include polyester and other man-made fibres

- Pillow filled with polyester filaments
- Clothes made of polyester and polyester blends
- Curtains
- Kids clothes

4. Item made of jute

- Floor mat
- Jute bags
- Jute ropes
- Carpets  
- Arts and crafts items

Read the long list of jute made products.

5. Items made of silk fibre

- Silk Sarees
- Silk Gown
- Neck tie   

6. Items made of nylon

- Backpack (laptop bag)
- Shopping bags
- Ropes used for hanging clothes for drying
- Mosquito nets
- Shoe laces
- Ribbon (gift packing, hair ribbon)

7. Items made of coir fibre

- Bed mattress used to be made of coir fibre
- Sofa

8. Items made of linen

- Shirt and pants
- Linen sarees
- Suits, coats   

I have made this list just to help you connect textile and clothing items with fibre type. Remember, the same clothing item can be from a different fibres that is mentioned here.

Question for you:
Can you identify what kind of textile fibres are available in your home? You can do this assignment to enhance your knowledge on textile and clothing area.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog. He lives in India. linkedin

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