Comparison of Cotton Fibres with Agave Americana and Triumffeta Tomentonsa Fibres in Kenya
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The textile industry continues changing very fast with new fibers, yarns and fabrics coming into the market. The new products are manufactured into functional and decorative textile products for apparel, furnishings as well as industrial products. The production of natural fibers has drastically dropped while that of man-made fibers has continued to increase. However, the natural fibers have their place in the market because of their quality and national economy. Apart from cotton and sisal, Agave Americana and Triumffeta tomentonsa are other potential sources of vegetable fibres. The aim of this paper is to compare the properties of Agave Americana and Triumffeta tomentonsa with those of cotton fibres. The two fibres were extracted and subjected to Microscopic examination, Cross sectional view, Burning Test, Fibre length, Moisture content and regain, Breaking Tenacity and Elongation at break (Dry and Wet) tests at KEBS. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics such means and percentages. In comparison to cotton, Agave Americana and Triumffeta tomentonsa fibres are stronger and have the same burning characteristics. However, they are course, have a lower elongation and lower moisture content and regain. Chemical analysis test indicated that both fibres are similar to cotton and thus can be used as a sources on cellulose and well as be used as a blend of cotton.