Handbook of Natural Fibres - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128187821

Handbook of Natural Fibres

2nd Edition

Volume 2: Processing and Applications

Editors: Ryszard Kozlowski Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk
Paperback ISBN: 9780128187821
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st January 2020
Page Count: 668
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Table of Contents

Part I Processing techniques for natural fibres
1. Cotton Fibre, Spinning and Weaving
2. Bast fibres: Processing of jute fibre and its applications
3. Silk production and the future of natural silk manufacture
4. Bast fibres: The use of flax and hemp for textile end applications
5. Bast fibres: Use of flax fibre for high challenge technical textile applications. Extraction, preparation and requirements for the manufacturing of composite reinforcement fabrics and for geotextiles
6. Bast fibres: Multi-scale mechanical characterization of flax fibres for the reinforcement of composite materials
7. Enzymatic treatment of natural fibres
8. Improving the properties of natural fibres by chemical treatments
9. Electrokinetic properties of natural fibres
10. Improving the flame retardancy of natural fibres
11. Bast fibres: The role of hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.) in remediation of degraded lands
12. Medical potential of cannabis: an overview

Part II Applications and case studies for natural fibres
13. Chemical and physical characteristics of modified cotton and linen fabrics with amine-terminated dendritic polymer
14. Natural fibre composites (NFCs) for construction and automotive industries
15. Natural fibres for geotextiles
16. Properties and Applications of Ultrafine Powders Produced from Natural Fibres
17. The application of flax and hemp seed in food, nutraceutical and cosmetic products
18. Natural fibres for paper and packaging
19. Environmental textiles from jute and coir
20. Antimicrobial natural fibres
21. Biomimetics and textile materials


The Handbook of Natural Fibres covers every aspect of natural fibers, their breeding, cultivation, processing, and application over two volumes. This volume, Processing and Applications, provides detailed coverage of the latest processing techniques and industrial applications of a wide range of natural fibres.

Natural fibrous resources, both lignocellulosic and protein ones, are renewable, biodegradable, and nontoxic, making them an important source of sustainable textile solutions, as well as providing special properties to many other kinds of product. A broad range of sources of natural fibres are covered in this book, including flax, hemp, bast, jute, coir, linen, cotton, and silk.

A wealth of expertise is compiled in this book to provide a uniquely detailed reference for the processing, characterization, selection, and all manner of application of natural fibres.

Key Features

  • Connects natural fibres to a wide range of industrial applications in industries including construction, automotive, packaging, and medical
  • Helps readers to appraise natural fibres on the basis of their mechanical, electrokinetic, antimicrobial, or flame retardant qualities
  • Provides a rare glimpse of emerging manufacturing methods for silk


Engineers and materials 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 Editor

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 Editor

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