Minerals, Metals, and Other Materials

Natural Substances

What are natural fibers?

Natural fibers come from plants or animals. Examples of fabrics of animal origin are wool and silk. Wool is made from the fibers of animal coats including sheep, goats, rabbits, and alpacas. Cotton, linen, hemp, ramie, and jute are all fabrics that have fibers of plant origin.

Fiber Origin
Wool Sheep
Mohair Goat
Angora Rabbit
Camel hair Camel
Cashmere Kashmir goat
Alpaca fleece Alpaca
Silk Silkworm cocoons
Cotton Cotton plant seed pods
Linen Flax
Hemp Cannabis Sativa stem
Ramie Boehmeria nivea (Chinese grass)
Jute Glossy fiber


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