An undesirable short, coarse wool or hair fiber. Kemp fibers are often found in mohair wool. These fibers do not accept dyes well and are very brittle. Kemp fibers are sometimes used in carpets.
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Sources Checked for Data in Record
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- Rosalie Rosso King, Textile Identification, Conservation, and Preservation, Noyes Publications, Park Ridge, NJ, 1985
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