animal fiber


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animal fiber

[′an·ə·məl ‚fīb·ər]
(textiles)
A natural textile fiber of animal origin; wool and silk are the most important.
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Sources of environmentally-friendly fibers can be divided into three major categories: Natural fiber plants, natural animal fibers and synthetic fibers.
Learning to twist plant and animal fibers into stringlike yarns enabled prehistoric people to weave nets, baskets, and other objects that eased the chores of everyday life, Barber explains in her extensive writings.
Students examined a variety of different animal fibers such as llama, camel, rabbit, and even human hair, to see how other animals are used to create different types of yarns.
noted that in the mid-1800s inhalational anthrax related to the textile industry became known as woolsorters' disease (in England) and ragpickers' disease (in Germany and Austria) because of the frequency of infection in mill workers exposed to imported animal fibers contaminated with Bacillus anthracis spores (1).
IUCN'S Species Survival Commission noted that chiru are being killed illegally to supply an international market for shahtoosh wool: "Shahtoosh is considered to be one of the finest animal fibers in the world and, since the 1980s, expensive shahtoosh shawls and scarves have become high-fashion status symbols in the West.