Asbestos (Mountain Flax)

ASBESTOS (Mountain Flax)
Is a mineral substance resisting the action of fire. It is spun into single and two or more fold yarns, the yarn is very smooth and slippery. Canadian asbestos is the most valuable for textile purposes, as it gives a curly fibre which is more easy to spin into threads than any other. It is a long, white, lustrous fibre, difficult to spin alone, so a little cotton is mixed with it, the cotton eventually being burnt away. Used for making fireproof curtains, for packing purposes, gloves, clothing for firemen and workers in furnaces,etc.

Dictionary of the English textile terms. 2014.

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