A class of natural fibers obtained from plants. Cellulose fibers have been used since ancient times for making clothing, ropes, thread, and paper.
Cellulose fibers are obtained from:
Synonyms and Related Terms
natural fiber; plant fibers; vegetable fibers; fibras de celulosa (Esp.); cellulose vezel (Ned);
Physical and Chemical Properties
Approximate cellulose content: cotton (98%); ramie (86%); hemp (65%); jute (58%); deciduous woods (41-42%); confierous woods (41-44%); cornstalks (43%); wheat straw (42%).
Resources and Citations
- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
- The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
- E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
- Bernard Toale, The Art of Papermaking, Davis Publications, Portland OR, 1983
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_fiber (Accessed Jan. 15, 2006)