Textile Encyclopedia

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Plant-Derived Fiber

Also referred to as a cellulose-based fibers, plant-derived fibers are from plant or vegetable sources that can be further classified by plant source consisting of bast, leaf, and seed-hair fibers. Bast fibers come from the stem of the plant and include flax, hemp, jute, and ramie. Leaf fibers are stripped from the leaves of the plant and include manila and sisal. Seed-hair fibers are collected from seeds or seed cases and include cotton and kapok.