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Fashion - textiles, fibres and fabrics: Home

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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


Full text journals

The following magazines are accessible via library databases. Click on the link.


These books contain fabric swatches

Recommended fabric books

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