Bast and Other Plant Fibres - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781855736849, 9781845690618

Bast and Other Plant Fibres

1st Edition

Editors: R R Franck
eBook ISBN: 9781845690618
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855736849
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 28th March 2005
Page Count: 432
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Table of Contents

Jute; Flax; Hemp; Ramie; Sisal and Henequen; Coir; Abaca; Pineapple, Curaua; Craua (Caroa), Macambira; Nettle; Sunn Hemp; Mauritius hemp and Fique; Bast and leaf fibre composite materials; List of fibre producing plants.


Bast and Other Plant Fibres, a title in Woodhead Publishing’s series on fibres published in association with The Textile Institute, UK, is the first book in over 50 years to cover the most interesting plant fibres and those with high annual production. Bast fibres have many textile applications, with natural fibre composites being the fastest growing due to the combination of their relatively low cost and excellent technical characteristics.

Following the editor’s introductory chapter, which includes a comprehensive set of tables comparing the physical and chemical characteristics of the fibres, Chapter 2 discusses jute while Chapters 3 and 4 cover flax and hemp. Subsequent chapters are devoted to ramie, sisal, coir and abaca. Chapter 9 brings together information on minor fibres that may deserve greater interest on the part of international markets, while Chapter 10 is dedicated to the use of bast and leaf fibres in composites. Information is included on production and processing, physical and chemical properties, and on economic, environmental, and health and safety considerations.

This book is an essential reference to academics and researchers in agriculture and horticulture as well as those working in textiles, apparel and industrial design, and textile testing and forensic science laboratories. It will also be invaluable to those working in government departments such as agriculture or trade and industry.

Key Features

  • Essential discussion on chemical and physical properties of individual natural fibres
  • Looks at environmental advantages of bast fibres over synthetic fibres
  • First book of its kind in over 50 years


Academics and researchers in agriculture and horticulture and those working in textiles, apparel and industrial design, textile testing and forensic science laboratories; Those working in government departments such as agriculture or trade and industry


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…an essential reference for those interested in bast and other plant fibres., Journal of Industrial Hemp
This book will prove invaluable for the future of these natural fibres which are produced by sustainable agricultural methods., Textile Month

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About the Editors

R R Franck Editor

After graduating from the Scottish Woollen Technical College (now the Faculty of Textiles of Heriot-Watt University), Robert R. Franck started his career in textiles in the marketing department of ICI’s newly formed Fibres Division. During the next 20 years he progressed to be the Manager of the fibre sales department of ICI’s French subsidiary. After a period as Sales Director of a large French worsted spinner he joined International Linen, the promotional and development organisation of the Western European flax industry, where he was a member of the international management team with particular responsibilities for the UK and Far East. He also took an active part in new product development. On retiring from International Linen he set up his own consultancy and has undertaken projects for companies and governmental organisations in Europe, Australia and the Far East. He is a Fellow and past Member of the Council of The Textile Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, UK