Artificial Wool

Is really a recovered waste product, and has grown to an important branch of the textile industry. A large quantity of cheap suits are made from these yarns, of which there arc several varieties, known as mungo, shoddy, extract wool, etc. The various wool wastes which are obtained from rags and waste containing wool, cotton or other fibres are so treated that the vegetable fibres are destroyed by chemical means. The animal fibres remaining are respun into yarns. The term is wrongly applied because the fibre is actually wool, although recovered (see also under Mungo, Shoddy, Extract Wool). The term is also given to a rayon fibre manufactured in Italy and sold as "Snia-fil". The Wool Textile Delegation should give a definite ruling on materials such as this which have no wool in their make-up (see Wool Substitutes)

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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