Textiles are flexible sheets made out of fibers. Natural textiles are made from plant fibers, animals, or minerals; artificial textiles use human-made fibers, like plastic or synthetic proteins. Woven textiles combine longer fiber threads either by hand or by using looms or knitting machines. In nonwoven textiles, like felt, short or microscopic fibers are bonded by chemical or physical treatments. Nonwovens are often meant to be highly durable or disposable.
Droujkova, M. (2019) ‘Textiles and mathematics’, Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science.
“Fiber” and “fibre” are alternate spellings of the same word, referring to a thread of filament from which a textile is formed.
Books on fabrics and textiles are located at the Nelson campus library.
Browse the shelves at call number 746
Browse the library catalogue using search terms
fabric, fabrics, textile, textiles, textile design, knitting, crochet, weaving, screen printing, surface design, dressmaking materials
Search for individual fibres and fabrics— polymers, cotton, wool, silk etc
Search for new textiles— textile* AND innovation, textile* AND technology, smart textiles
The following magazines are accessible via library databases. Click on the link.
These books contain fabric swatches
Recommended fabric books