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Textile Fibers

After completing an update of D123, Terminology Relating to Textiles, Subcommittee D13.92 on Terminology decided that the information contained in the annexes was sufficiently important to merit being in a separate standard. The new standard, D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, describes a variety of fibers used to manufacture many products.

D13.92 is part of ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles.

"D7641 is a useful resource for designers, buyers, test laboratories, educators, students and regulators," says Vincent Diaz, president of Atlantic Thread and Supply Co., and a D13 member. The following information is typical of what can be found in D7641:

  • Bear grass is a hard leaf fiber grown in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
  • Pineapple fiber is a fine leaf fiber grown in the Philippines.
  • Fox hair can be used to make soft brushes.

"D7641 can help readers improve their understanding about the relationship between commercial names, fiber identification and the geographical regions of fiber origins," says Diaz.

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