Ch 2: Textile Fibers & Fabrics

About This Chapter

This chapter provides an overview of the materials involved with textiles. Through lessons conducted by professional instructors, you'll learn about the different forms of textile fibers and fabrics while exploring related textile history and terminology.

Textile Fibers & Fabrics - Chapter Summary

This chapter zeroes-in on the fabrics and fibers found in textiles. You'll review the different types of materials with which textiles are produced while examining related terminology and textile history. After each lesson you'll have the chance to confirm your comprehension by means of a practice quiz, with a practice final exam at the chapter's end allowing for a more thorough evaluation of your knowledge. Topics covered in this chapter include the types and properties of textile fibers, smart textiles, and all of the following:

  • Using nanotechnology in textile work
  • Navigating the different forms of textile fabric
  • Comparing modern and antique fabric textiles
  • What products are made from medical textiles
  • The history and terminology of woven textiles
  • Designing textiles for sustainability and fashion

19 Lessons in Chapter 2: Textile Fibers & Fabrics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Textile Fibers: Definition, Properties & Types

1. Textile Fibers: Definition, Properties & Types

Textile fibers are an extremely important part of the textile manufacturing process. In this lesson, we're going to explore various kinds of textile fibers and see what makes them right for the job.

Natural Textile Fibers

2. Natural Textile Fibers

Fibers are the building blocks of textiles and each type can impart distinct traits to a textile. In this lesson, we are going to explore some of the most common natural textile fibers and see what distinguishes each.

Carbon Fiber Textiles

3. Carbon Fiber Textiles

Do you need something that can withstand high heat, lots of friction or exposure to pressure? Try carbon fibers! In this lesson you'll learn the history, manufacturing process, and uses of carbon fiber textiles.

Nanofibers & Nanotechnology in Textiles

4. Nanofibers & Nanotechnology in Textiles

The next big thing in textile may not be very big. In this lesson, we are going to explore tiny compounds called nanofibers and see how they might change the future of textiles.

Textile Fabrics: Definition & Types

5. Textile Fabrics: Definition & Types

The ability to identify the different types of textile fabrics is important in the design industry. In this lesson, we'll learn the definition of a textile fabric and explore the different types of textiles, including their sources and uses.

Modern vs Antique Fabric Textiles

6. Modern vs Antique Fabric Textiles

Have you ever found an old dress or rug in an antique store and wondered about its age? Are old and new fabrics really different? In this lesson, we'll explore antique versus modern textiles.

Woven Textiles: Definition & History

7. Woven Textiles: Definition & History

Textiles are amongst the oldest crafts in the world. In this lesson, we'll explore the history of woven textiles and see how weaving has defined human history for thousands of years.

Medical Textiles: Definition & Products

8. Medical Textiles: Definition & Products

Medical textiles can be found in your home, in your doctor's office, and in labs across the country as they are being developed for various means. This lesson covers the many different uses of medical textiles.

What are Smart Textiles?

9. What are Smart Textiles?

The 21st century has been characterized by an extreme rate of technological growth, and it has produced some pretty interesting results. In this lesson, we're going to explore the concept of smart textiles and see what these could mean for our future.

Smart Textiles: Materials, Products & Examples

10. Smart Textiles: Materials, Products & Examples

Can you imagine wearing a shirt that could tell you how you're feeling or a jacket that would change temperature when you got cold? Is it science fiction? No! In this lesson, we'll explore smart textiles.

Sustainability in Textiles: Definition & Design

11. Sustainability in Textiles: Definition & Design

Sustainable living is an important ideology in the modern world. In this lesson, we'll explore the concept of sustainability and see how it can be applied to the textile industry.

Sustainable Textiles in Fashion

12. Sustainable Textiles in Fashion

What are you wearing? Do you know how it was made? Today, people are becoming aware that clothing has an impact on our environment. In this lesson, we'll explore the use of sustainable textiles in fashion.

What are Synthetic Fibers? - Definition, Types, & Examples

13. What are Synthetic Fibers? - Definition, Types, & Examples

Have you ever worn spandex workout gear? When you buy an item of clothing, do you look at the label and wonder what names like Dacron or nylon mean? In this lesson, learn about synthetic fibers and explore some examples.

Textile Yarns: Definition, Types & Classification

14. Textile Yarns: Definition, Types & Classification

Have you ever looked closely at your favorite shirt? It's made of fabric with many woven textile yarns. But how is the yarn made? In this lesson, you will learn about types and classifications of yarns used to make textiles.

Woven vs. Non-Woven Geotextile Fabric

15. Woven vs. Non-Woven Geotextile Fabric

What kind of fabrics get buried underground? How are they made? In this lesson, explore the differences between woven and non-woven geotextile fabrics.

Geotextile Fabric: Function & Uses

16. Geotextile Fabric: Function & Uses

Why would some textiles be buried underground? In this lesson, learn about special textiles called geotextile fabrics, how they work and how they're used.

What is Geotextile Fabric? - Definition & Types

17. What is Geotextile Fabric? - Definition & Types

You've probably heard of many kinds of fabrics, but geotextiles? In this lesson, we'll explore this unique form of textile and see what it is specifically made to do.

Yarn Count: Definition, Formula & Calculation

18. Yarn Count: Definition, Formula & Calculation

How do you know if a yarn is of the right quality for a project? For one, you could check out the yarn count. In this lesson, we're going to see what that means and how it's calculated.

Textile Properties of Linen

19. Textile Properties of Linen

Linen is one of the most sought-after textiles in the world, but what do you know about it? In this lesson, we'll see how its properties impact its use.

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