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What are Textiles?, continued

The main animal fibre used for textiles is wool. Most of this fibre comes from sheep, although it is possible to use wool from goats and other animals. Wool produces a warm and comfortable fabric that is used to make suits and jumpers. Another animal fibre is silk. Silkworms spin cocoons made up of long silk threads. Fabric made from silk is very beautiful and can be used to make scarves, neckties and dresses.

Artificial fibres mostly come from wood pulp and petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are made from crude oil and natural gas. Some of these man made fibres are nylon, polyester and acrylic. They are very strong and can be used to make clothing as well as carpet and upholstery. These fibres are often mixed with natural fibres.

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