Vegetable silk

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Common milkweed Asclepias syriaca


An unstandardized name that has been used for several fibers obtained from seeds. Vegetable silk has been used to refer to milkweed floss, akund fibers and Kapok.

Synonyms and Related Terms

milkweed floss; akund fibers; kapok; seda vegetal (Esp.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 430
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996

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