ISBN-13: 978 1 84569 266 7
396 pages 234 x
Edited by M M Houck, West Virginia University, USA
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 84
- provides a comprehensive review of the main types
of fibre together with their structure, characteristics and
- assesses methods of fibre identification from
optical microscopy to DNA analysis as well as instruments available to identify
The identification of fibers is important to the textile
industry, forensic science, fashion designers and historians among others.
Identifying fibers involves observing the physical and chemical properties of
the fiber for which there are a wide diversity of instruments available. This
book provides a comprehensive review of fiber structure, the diversity of
instruments available to identify fibers and applicications for a range of
The first part of the book examines the main fibers, their
structure and characteristics. Part two focuses on methods of fiber
identification, ranging from microscopic to DNA analysis. Specific applications,
including how textiles are identified in forensic investigations.
Identification of textile fibers is an important text for
forensic scientists, police and lawyers who may be involved with the use of
textile fibers to provide evidence in criminal cases. It will also be relevant
for textile designers, technologists and inspectors wishing to assess fiber
quality and understand fiber damage.