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Could Mohair Supplant Cashmere's Place in the Luxury Industry?

Photo by Shutterstock MOHAIR /ˈmōˌhe(ə)r/ n 1: A luxurious, all-natural fiber made from the curly locks of the angora goat. 2: The focus of a recent summit in the town of…

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Ioncell-F: A Wood-Cellulose Textile Fiber Derived From Ionic Liquids

IONCELL-F /’īən sel-f’/ n 1 a:  A sticky material made from a mixture of plant material and ionic liquid, known for its strong bonds, that is transformed through a…

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Cool Wool: A Lightweight Merino for Sunnier Climates

COOL WOOL /’ko͞ol wul’/ n 1 a: A natural, lightweight fabric created from Australian merino sheep wool using advanced processing techniques. b. A fine-gauge wool that…

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Biowool: A Tough Shell-Like Fiber Derived From Bioresin, Waste Wool

BIOWOOL /’bīō wul’/ n 1 a: Composite material currently in trial development made from bio-resin and carded wool waste fiber from the carpet industry. b. Application…

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Alcantara: A Carbon-Neutral Faux-Leather Fabric From Italy

ALCANTARA \ˈal kan tära\ n 1 a: A certified-carbon-neutral fabric with the versatility to be used in fashion, automotive, interior decor, and consumer electronics application. b. A…

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Precious Surface: A Technology that Embeds 24-Karat Gold Into Fabrics

PRECIOUS SURFACE \ˈpreshəs ˈsərfis\ n 1 a: A patented infusion technology that deposits 24kt gold into leather, silk, or fur, leaving the material texture unchanged. b: A…

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Varanasi Silk: A Hand-Loomed Jacquard That Revives an Ancient Tradition

VARANASI SILK \ˈväranasi ˈsilk\ n 1 a: An intricate jacquard fabric woven by artisans in Varanasi, India, using foot-powered looms. b: Based on a 500-year-old tradition that has…

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Orange Fiber: A High-Fashion Textile Derived From Citrus Waste

ORANGE FIBER \ˈôrənj ˈfībər\ n 1 a: A textile fiber made by extracting cellulose from citrus fruits. b: Said to release vitamins A, C, and E upon contact with skin, a result of…

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Palm Leather: A Vegan Textile With the Same Properties as Animal Hide

PALM LEATHER \pä(l)m ˈleT͟Hər\ n 1 a: A sturdy textile created by Studio Tjeerd Veenhoven in the Netherlands using the leaves of the Areca palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens). b:…

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Lotus Fabric: A Natural, Waste-Free Alternative to Waterproof Synthetics

Photo by Samatoa LOTUS FABRIC \lōtəs ˈfabrik\ n 1 a: Hand-woven Cambodian/Burmese textile derived from the discarded stems of the lotus plant (Nelumbo nucifera), an aquatic…

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Zpagetti: A Super-Bulky Yarn Made From Recycled Fabric Remnants

ZPAGETTI \zpə-ˈge-tē\ n. 1 a: A super-bulky yarn, comprising 92 percent cotton and 8 percent elastane, made from the remnants of garment manufacturing. b: Produced by Lion Brand Yarn…

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Kuba: A Congolese Fabric Handwoven From Raffia Leaves

KUBA \kü-bä\ n 1 a: Geometrically patterned cloth traditionally woven from raffia-tree leaves by the Kuba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. b: Naturally colored fabric…

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Hagfish Slime Thread: An Unlikely Natural Fiber That Rivals Spider Silk

HAGFISH SLIME THREAD \ˈhag-ˌfish ˈslīm ˈthred \ n 1: The fibrous protein component of the defensive slime of the hagfish (also known as Hyperotreti), an eel-shaped bottom-dwelling…

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Cortina: A "Cradle to Cradle" Solar Fabric Made From Recyclable Polyester

CORTINA \ˈkôr tēn ä \ n 1 a: A Cradle to Cradle-certified solar-protection textile used primarily for window shades. b: Made by Mermet from 100 percent PVC-free, recyclable…

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Qmilk: A Silk-Like Fiber Derived From Spoiled Milk

QMILK \ˈkyo͞o milk \ n 1 a: A trademarked name for milk fiber, a silky textile derived from an odorless protein found in mammalian milk. b: The brainchild of Qmilch, a company…

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Naoron: A Leathery, Water-Resistant Textile Made From Wood Pulp

NAORON \nah ö·re on\ n 1 a: A versatile textile derived from wood pulp and polyolefin (“soft Naoron”) or recycled polyester (“RPF Naoron”). b: Manufactured by…

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Newlife: A Celebrity-Approved Fabric Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

NEWLIFE \nü ˈlīf\ n 1 a: A polyester yarn made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. b: Processed through a mechanical, rather than chemical, process in Italy by…

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Khadi: A Handspun Cloth From India That Galvanized a Local Movement

Photo by RaajMa KHADI \ˈkä-dē\ n 1 a: A coarse cotton, wool, or silk hand-spun in India on a spinning wheel called a charkha. b: Versatile in its ability to be dyed with limitless…

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