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Textiles

A textile, cloth, is a flexible woven material of thousands of natural or artificial thread. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting or pressing fibres together. The words fabric and cloth, used in textile trades-tailoring and dressmaking- are words for textile, with minute differences. Textiles are used for clothing purposes and for bags and baskets. Textiles are used in carpeting, furnishings, upholstery, curtains and shades, towels. Textiles are used as a covering for tables, beds, and other flat surfaces, and in art. Textiles are also used in industrial and scientific processes such as filtering. Textiles are also used for flags, nets, handkerchiefs, balloons, sails and parachutes. Textiles also strengthen fiberglass and industrial geotextiles. Textiles are used by children to make collages, for sewing purposes, quilts and toys. Textiles can be made from many materials including animal ( wool and silk), plant, mineral and synthetic.