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There are basically five categories of Fiber
Cellulosic - fibers structured from cellulose, a starch-like carbohydrate. They are created by dissolving natural materials such as cellulose or wood pulp, which are then regenerated by extrusion and precipitation.
Examples: acetate, corn, soy, bamboo, rayon.
Synthetic - which is made by combining different substances. Examples: polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Cellulose - fibers made with ether or esters of cellulose, which can be obtained from the bark, wood or leaves of plants, or from a plant-based material.
Examples: seed pod, cotton, hemp and linen.
Protein - animal fibers are natural fibers that consist largely of particular proteins. Instances are silk, hair/fur (including wool) and feathers. The animal fibers used most commonly both in the manufacturing world as well as by the hand spinners are wool from domestic sheep and silk (catepillar).
Other popular sources: Angora rabbit, Opossum, Musk Ox (Qiviut), Yak, Camelids (Alpaca, Guanaco, Llama & Vicuna) and Goats (Angora, Cashgora, Cahmere & Pygora).
Virgin Wool - often thought to be the first CUT from a sheep is in reality a testament that this is the fiber's first use as a textile. If you were to knit and article, unravel the yarn and then reknit it into something else, it would no longer be virgin wool!
Angora - is the least expensive and most easily available luxury fiber. It has a warmth that rivals cashmere and a softness that rivals qivuit.
Alpaca - Alpaca fiber was once reserved for royalty