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Fundamentals of Natural Fibres and Textiles - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128214831, 9780128214848

Fundamentals of Natural Fibres and Textiles

1st Edition

Editor: Md. Ibrahim H. Mondal
Paperback ISBN: 9780128214831
eBook ISBN: 9780128214848
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 25th March 2021
Page Count: 816
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to natural fibres and textiles
2. Cellulose and its derivatives in textiles: primative application to current trend
3. Microbial cellulose: biosynthesis and textile applications
4. Regenerated cellulose in textiles: rayon, lyocell, modal and other fibres
5. From natural cellulose to functional nanocomposites for environmental applications
6. Insect and animal-originated fibres: silk and wool
7. Natural fibre composites: processing, fabrication and applications
8. Bioprocessing of natural textile fibres and clothes
9. Biofunctional textile fibres and their applications
10. Modification of textiles for functional applications
11. Alteration and enhancing the properties of natural fibres
12. Radiation technology for the modification of textiles
13. Dyes and dyeing processes for natural textiles and their key sustainability issues
14. Identification, characterization and quality management of natural textile fibres
15. Microbial polyesters: synthesis and applications
16. Self-cleaning textiles: structure, fabrication and applications
17. Recycling of textiles and its economic aspects
18. Sustainable technologies for textile production
19. The life and durability issues of natural textiles and clothing
20. Fibres and textiles in the circular economy
21. Textile waste management and environmental concerns
22. Current limitations and challenges in the global textile sector


The textile industry is focused in its search for alternative green fibres with the aim of providing high-quality products which are fully recyclable and biodegradable. Natural textile materials from renewable sources play an increasingly important role in the industry due to their unique properties and functionality over synthetic fibres, as well as their sustainability.

Fundamentals of Natural Fibres and Textiles covers all the fundamental and basic information about natural fibres and textiles. Many different fibres are covered from their origin, through processing, properties, and applications. The latest methods for characterisation and testing of natural fibres are all addressed with reference to cutting-edge industry trends.

This uniquely comprehensive approach to the topic provides the ideal entry point to natural fibres for textile and clothing scientists, engineers, designers, researchers, students, and manufacturers of such products.

Key Features

  • Explains the characteristics of natural fibres to show how they compare to synthetic fibres for a range of purposes
  • Provides an overview of the environmental impact of the processing of fibres and how this creates industrial waste
  • Covers a wide range of natural fibres in detail, from traditional silk and wool to electrospun biopolymers
  • Provides the latest updates on technologies for designing natural fibres and applying them to the development of new products


Researchers and students interested in sustainable textiles, manufacturing, or materials science; sustainability managers and product designers in the textiles and fashion sector


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About the Editor

Md. Ibrahim H. Mondal

Md. Ibrahim H. Mondal

Md. Ibrahim H. Mondal is a Professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He obtained his MSc degree in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Technology from the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 1986 and his PhD degree from Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan in 1997. He was a Commonwealth Visiting Scholar at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the United Kingdom during 2003–04, Visiting Professor at the Hokkaido University in Japan during 2006-07, and a Visiting Scientist at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia during 2009–10. His research area includes natural polymers, cellulose and cellulose derivatives, textiles, and textile wet processing. He is an author, co-author, or editor of more than 160 research articles, book chapters, and 11 books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Polymer and Textile Research Laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh