Handbook of Natural Fibres

1st Edition

Types, Properties and Factors Affecting Breeding and Cultivation

Editors: Ryszard Kozłowski
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845696979
eBook ISBN: 9780857095503
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th October 2012
Page Count: 656
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Table of Contents

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Dedication

Part I: Fundamentals: types of fibre, properties, identification and testing

Chapter 1: Introduction to natural textile fibres

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Historical background of natural fibres

1.3 Handbook of natural fibres

Chapter 2: Cotton fibres

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The cotton plant

2.3 Cotton fibre structure

2.4 Physical properties of cotton

2.5 Measuring cotton quality

2.6 Future trends

2.7 Acknowledgement

Chapter 3: Bast fibres: jute

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction to jute

3.2 Types of jute

3.3 Fibre morphology

3.4 Chemical composition

3.5 Properties of jute

3.6 Typical applications

3.7 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Bast fibres: ramie

Abstract:

4.1 Introduction to ramie

4.2 Types of ramie

4.3 Fibre morphology

4.4 Properties of ramie

4.5 Typical applications

4.6 Conclusions

4.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 5: Bast fibres: flax

Abstract:

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Flax plant morphology

5.3 Structure and chemical composition of flax

5.4 Flax harvesting

5.5 Degumming

5.6 Scutching

5.7 Hackling (combing)

5.8 'Cottonization'

5.9 Spinning

5.10 Bleaching, dyeing

5.11 Finishing

5.12 Recapitulation

5.13 Conclusions and future trends

5.14 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 6: Bast fibres: hemp cultivation and production

Abstract:

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The hemp plant

6.3 Hemp cultivation

6.4 Retting

6.5 Fibre extraction

6.6 Hemp fibre spinning

Chapter 7: Silk fibres

Abstract:


Description

Growing awareness of environmental issues has led to increasing demand for goods produced from natural products, including natural fibres. The two-volume Handbook of natural fibres is an indispensible tool in understanding the diverse properties and applications of these important materials. Volume 1: Types, properties and factors affecting breeding and cultivation is an essential guide to a wide range of natural fibres, and highlights key techniques for their improvement.

Part one reviews key types and fundamental properties of natural textile fibres. The production, identification and testing of a range of cotton, bast, silk and wool fibres are discussed, alongside bioengineered natural textile fibres. Part two goes on to explore the improvement of natural fibre properties and production through breeding and cultivation, beginning with a discussion of fibrous flax and cotton. Improved natural fibre production through the prevention of fungal growth is explored, along with the use of genetic engineering and biotechnology to enhance desirable characteristics. Finally, the wider impact of natural textile production is discussed, using wild silk enterprise programs as an example.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, the two volumes of the Handbook of natural fibres are essential texts for professionals and academics in textile science and technology.

Key Features

  • Provides an essential guide to a wide range of natural fibres and highlights key techniques for their improvement
  • Reviews key types and fundamental properties of natural textile fibres, addressing the production, identification and testing of a range of cotton, bast, silk and wool fibres
  • Explores the improvement of natural fibre properties and production through breeding and cultivation, beginning with a discussion of fibrous flax and cotton

Readership

Professionals and academics within the textile industry as well as those involved in the cultivation and farming of natural fibers.


Details

No. of pages:
656
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Woodhead Publishing 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9780857095503
Hardcover ISBN:
9781845696979
Paperback ISBN:
9780081016107

About the Editors

Ryszard Kozłowski 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