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# What are **natural fibres**? Explain with examples.

The fibres obtained from plants and animals are called** natural fibres. **For example, cotton from cotton bolls, jute from the jute plant, silk from the cocoon of the silkworm, and wool from the hair of animals like sheep or goats.

[Extra information:

Fibres are thread-like structures that are long, thin, and flexible. These may be spun into yarns and then made into fabrics. There can be different types of fibres. On the basis of their origin, fibres are classified as natural fibres and synthetic fibres.

**Natural fibres: **Natural fibres are the fibres that are obtained from plants, animals, or mineral sources. Some examples are cotton, silk, wool, etc.

Natural fibres can again be divided into two types -

a. Plant fibres: plant fibres are fibres that are derived from plants. e.g., cotton and jute.

Cotton fibre is obtained from cotton bolls, and jute fibre is obtained from the bark of the jute plant.

b. Animal fibres: Animal fibres are fibres derived from animals, e.g., Silk and Wool]

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