Natural Fibres


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Enkev makes quality products from natural fibres. Their products are mainly used in the mattress, horticultural, automotive and filter industry. There are however many more possibilities for these fibres in packaging, insulation and in the shoe-industry.

Below is a summary of natural fibres Enkev provide:

Bamboo fibres have many applications including home textiles, bedding, underwear, sportswear, etc. Bamboo fibre finished products have become popular in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, North American and European markets.

Made from the Bombyx mori silkworm, silk fibres have been used as a luxury fibre for centuries. These fibres feature a prism-like cross section with rounded edges, giving a light refracting sheen to the fibre.

Coconut fibre is very tough yet also elastic, barely deteriorating at all over time. Coir (coconut fibre) is a product that is naturally adapted to the human body. The fibre is collected from the coconut husk, a resource that is widely available.

Flax fibres are amongst the oldest fibre crops in the world. Flax fibre is extracted from the base or skin of the stem of the flax plant. Flax fibre is soft, lustrous and flexible. Flax, also known as common flax or linseed (Linum usitatissimum) is a member of the genus Linum in the family Linaceae.

The history of cotton production can be traced back over 7,000 years. Cotton is possibly nature’s purest form of cellulose. Like many natural fibres, cotton is soft, breathable and very comfortable against human skin. It is a fine fibre, which is also strong and durable, with excellent absorbency characteristics.

Hemp fibres are long, strong and durable. Hemp fibres conduct heat, can be easily dyed, resist mildew, block ultraviolet light and are naturally anti-bacterial. Hemp has been used for centuries to make rope, canvas and paper. Long hemp fibres can be spun and woven to make crisp, linen-like fabric for clothing, home furnishing textiles and floor coverings.

Abaca is extracted from the leaf sheath around the trunk of the abaca plant, a close relative of the banana plant, which is native to the Philippines grows widely throughout the humid tropics. Harvesting abaca is laborious. Each stalk must be cut into strips, which are scraped to remove the pulp. The fibres are then washed and dried.

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