Forgotten fibres: fibres from unusual sources

Brooks, M. M. (2003) Forgotten fibres: fibres from unusual sources. In, Crossroads of Fashion and Textiles ICOM Costume Committee, Krakow, Poland, 28 Sep - 03 Oct 2003. ICOM Costume Committee.


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In the mid-twentieth century, there was tremendous interest in making fibres from new sources. Some of this research developed the successful synthetic fibres which we know today. However, fibres were also made from various regenerated protein sources which seem unusual and surprising today. Classified as Azlon fibres, these had a short lived commercial life and most have now been forgotten. This paper will present research into these fibres which were made from a wide range of protein sources. The significance of these fibres lies not only in their history or technological development, but also in the motives behind the original research. Their development is often linked with the pressures for national sufficiency prior to the Second World War. Interestingly, these sources are again being explored for their fibre forming potential but this time the motivation is different and the result of surplus rather than lack.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: regenerated protein sources, fibres, collecting
Subjects: T Technology > TS Manufactures
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 16452
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2003Submitted
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:31

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