Fibres manufactured from substances that have been produced or modified by chemical reactions. Artificial fibres were first made in 1842 when molten glass was formed into filaments. By the late 1880s, man-made fabrics were being made from cellulose nitrate and rayon fibres. Current examples include acetate, acrylic, alginic, anidex, aramid, azlon, casein, cupro, nylon, novel id, nytril, modacrylic, modal, olefin, polyester, saran, spandex, sulphur, triacetate, vinal, and vinyon.

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