TEXTILE FIBRES AND TEXTILES FROM BRASSICA PLANTS
Textile fibres and textiles produced from Brassica plants retain properties that are favourable for textile manufacture. Also described are textiles manufactured from the textile fibres produced from the Brassica plants which exhibit properties that are favourable for apparel and domestic applications, as well as industrial applications. Methods for producing the textile fibres from Brassica plants are further described.
The fibres of plants, including hemp, flax, jute, nettle, ramie and the like, are known to have such properties and have been utilized for a wide variety of different textiles. For example, grass, rush, hemp, and sisal are used in making rope. Coir is used in making twine, mats, and sacking. Fibres from pulpwood trees, cotton, rice, hemp, and nettle are used in making paper. Cotton, flax, jute, hemp, ramie, bamboo, and even pineapple fibre are used in clothing.
Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments pertaining to textile fibres and textiles such as yarns and fabrics produced from Brassica plants. An exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure relates to a textile fibre produced from Brassica plant material. In accordance with another aspect of the disclosure, there is described a textile fibre produced from Brassica napus. According to one embodiment, the textile fibre described herein is dyeable. According to another embodiment, the textile fibre described herein is colourfast. According to a further embodiment, the textilefibre described herein has a moisture regain of up to about 20% to about 30%. According to another embodiment, the textile fibre described herein is heat resistant to temperatures of up to about 250°C. In accordance with a further aspect of the disclosure, there is described a textilemanufactured from the textile fibre produced from Brassica plants according to the present disclosure.