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Handbook of Natural Fibres - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128183984, 9780128206669

Handbook of Natural Fibres

2nd Edition

Volume 1: Types, Properties and Factors Affecting Breeding and Cultivation

Editors: Ryszard Kozlowski Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk
Paperback ISBN: 9780128183984
eBook ISBN: 9780128206669
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 28th January 2020
Page Count: 838
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Table of Contents

1A Introduction to natural textile fibres
1B World natural fibre production and employment

Part One Fundamentals: Types of fibre, properties, identification and testing
2 Bast fibres: jute
3 Bast fibres: ramie
4 Bast fibres: kenaf
5A Bast fibres: flax
5B Bast fibres: hemp cultivation and production
6 Abaca: cultivation, obtaining fibre and potential uses
7 Bamboo fibre
8 Coconut fibre: its structure, properties and applications
9 Wool fibres
10 Mohair, cashmere and other animal hair fibres
11 Silk fibres e structure, properties and applications
12 Fibre plants of arid regions of North Africa
13 Mineral fibres: basalt
14 Identification of natural textile fibres
15 Testing of natural textile fibres

Part Two Improving natural fibre production through breeding and cultivation
16 Cotton breeding
17 Developments in fibrous flax and linseed breeding and cultivation
18 Prevention of fungi and bacteria growth in natural fibres
19 Wild silks: their entomological aspects and their textile applications
20 New emerging natural fibres and relevant sources of information


The Handbook of Natural Fibres, Second Edition, Volume One: Types, Properties and Factors Affecting Breeding and Cultivation covers every aspect of natural fibers, their breeding, cultivation, processing and applications. This volume features fundamental discussions of each fiber, covering different stages of breeding and cultivation. Natural fibrous resources, both lignocellulosic and protein ones, are renewable, biodegradable, and nontoxic, making them an important source of sustainable textile solutions. A broad range of natural fibers are covered in this book, including cotton, jute, kenaf, flax, hemp, sisal, ramie, curaua, pineapple, bamboo, coir, sheep wool, and more.

Key Features

  • Provides detailed instructions for how to carry out the latest scientific methods for identifying natural fibers
  • Explains properties of natural fibers that will be of interest to readers in growth fields like biocomposites and nanofibers
  • Includes a rare overview of emerging natural fibers and their uses, along with sources of further information


Engineers and material scientists working with natural fibres, in industries including apparel, automotive, sporting goods, and construction. Researchers in the field of natural fibres and related products


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About the Editors

Ryszard Kozlowski

Ryszard Kozlowski

Professor Ryszard M. Kozlowski is the award-winning former Director of the Polish Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Textile Institute, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Natural Fibres, Scientific Advisor to the Institute for Engineering of Polymer Materials and Dyes, and Doctor Honoris Causa of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ibarra, Ecuador. Professor Koz?owski is also Coordinator of both ESCORENA (the European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture and the FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants. He is the author/co-author of over 300 publications, including 26 books and 25 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Natural Fibres (INF), Poland

Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk

Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk

Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk is assistant at Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants in Poland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants, Poland