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Handbook of Natural Fibres - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128187821, 9780128190708

Handbook of Natural Fibres, Volume 2

2nd Edition

Volume 2: Processing and Applications

Editors: Ryszard Kozlowski Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk
eBook ISBN: 9780128190708
Paperback ISBN: 9780128187821
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 25th January 2020
Page Count: 752
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Table of Contents

Part One Processing techniques for natural fibres
1 Cotton fibres, picking, ginning, spinning and weaving
2 Processing of jute fibres and its applications
3 Silk e production and future trends
4 The use of flax and hemp for textile applications
5 Use of bast fibres including flax fibres for high challenge technical textile applications. Extraction, preparation and requirements for the manufacturing of composite reinforcement fabrics and for geotextiles
6 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 Two Applications and case studies for natural fibres
13 Chemical and physical characteristic 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 hempseed in food, nutraceutical and personal care 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: Volume Two, Processing and Applications, Second Edition provides detailed coverage of the latest processing techniques and industrial applications of a wide range of natural fibers. 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 sources of natural fibers are covered in the book, including flax, hemp, bast, jute, coir, linen, cotton and silk. This wealth of expert information provides a uniquely detailed reference for the processing, characterization, selection and application of natural fibers.

Key Features

  • Connects natural fibers to a wide range of industries, including construction, automotive, packaging and medical
  • Helps readers appraise natural fibers 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

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 is assistant at Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants in Poland.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Natural Fibers and Medicinal Plants, Poland