Classify the following fibers as natural or synthetic: nylon, wool, cotton, silk, polyester, jute

Given fibres are classified as follows:

Natural fibres

Wool, cotton, jute, silk.

  • Natural fibres are the fibres that are obtained from plants, animals or mineral sources. 
  • Natural fibres can again be divided into two types based on their source, i.e. plants and animals.
  • Wool is a natural textile fibre obtained from sheep, goats and camels. It traps a lot of air. Air is a bad conductor of heat. This makes clothes made from wool useful in winter.

Synthetic fibres

Nylon, polyester

  • Synthetic fibres are the man-made polymers designed to make a fabric.
  • Polymers are obtained when many small units are joined together chemically.
  • They can be washed and dried quickly.
  • They are easy to maintain.
  • They are cheaper than natural fibres.

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