Edited by R R Franck, Consultant, UK
Woodhead Textiles Series No. 19
The great appeal of this book, is that it
provides valuable information to those with a professional, or even occasional
interest in the fiber industry.
Although none of the luxury fibres, including silk,
is produced in large quantities their particular and unique qualities of
fineness, softness, warmth and pleasurable handle mean that they occupy a very
important place in the luxury apparel and fine furnishing trades.
book covers all aspects of the growth, physical characteristics, production,
marketing and consumption of silk, mohair, cashmere, camelhair, Alpaca, Llama,
Vicuna, Guanaco, Yak and Musk Ox fibres. The image of these fabrics is of course
all important and the book describes in detail those rare occasions when a lower
priced and lower quality version of a luxury fibre has damaged its overall
reputation. Some natural fibres covered here including spider silk are also
increasingly finding applications within the technical textiles sector where
their high performance thermal properties and bio-mimetic qualities in
particular, are very useful.
This is an essential reference for all
those involved in any part of the luxury fibre trade.