Silk, Mohair, Cashmere and Other Luxury Fibres book cover

Silk, Mohair, Cashmere and Other Luxury Fibres

Although none of the luxury fibres, including silk, is produced in large quantities, their particular and unique qualities of fineness, softness, warmth and pleasurable handle mean that they occupy a very important place in the luxury apparel and fine furnishing trades.

This book covers all aspects of the growth, physical characteristics, production, marketing and consumption of silk, mohair, cashmere, camelhair, Alpaca, Llama, Vicuna, Guanaco, Yak and Musk Ox fibres. The image of these fabrics is of course all important and the book describes in detail those rare occasions when a lower priced and lower quality version of a luxury fibre has damaged its overall reputation. Some natural fibres covered here including spider silk are also increasingly finding applications within the technical textiles sector where their high performance thermal properties and bio-mimetic qualities in particular, are very useful.

This is an essential reference for all those involved in any part of the luxury fibre trade.

All those involved in any part of the luxury fiber trade

Hardbound, 264 Pages

Published: October 2001

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-540-8


  • The great appeal of this book is that it provides valuable information to those with a professional, or even occasional, interest in the fiber industry., Wild Fibers Magazine


  • Silk; Mohair; Cashmere, camel hair and other hair fibres. Appendices: International trade rules for raw silk and other products of silk; Spider silk; Composition of mohair fibres and of amino acids; Mohair yarn spinning and properties; Mohair fibre and fabric properties; Mohair dyeing and finishing; Mohair product list; Rules for the use of the mohair trade mark (label); Scotland and China and cashmere trade; Quality assessment of goat hair for textile use; Luxury flame retardant fabrics for aircraft applications.


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