A History of Applied Fiber and Fabric Enhancements (Part 5)

While these methods did provide improvement to these early fibers, fabrics, and textiles, they had some major drawbacks.

As you can imagine, all those fats, oils, and smoked items would have had an unpleasant odor.

The processes and methods used to treat materials with these early enhancements would have been very messy.

They would have most certainly affected the look and textile feel of all of the fibers and fabrics to which they were applied.dreamstimemaximum_36196180

The need to have a more refined way to enhance fabrics became apparent once man started to use them in a broader sense. This became very important as we see the use of fabric come indoors in a big way.

When people learned to farm and lived in permanent settlements, they began to make furniture. In an effort to make these furnishings more comfortable, they started using fibers and fabrics to cover and eventually upholster these items. Once these early fibers and fabrics started to see a wider use in man’s living environment, the enhancements had to evolve as well.

The would no longer tolerate the pungent odors and hard, uncomfortable wax coatings. They would now be utilizing fibers and fabrics in a whole new way–a more refined way. This menat the enhancements had to become more refined as well.

The expanded need for applied enhancements was not limited to textile utilization, but for the first time concerns were expressed about the added fire hazard that the use of all these fabrics presented to our indoor environment.

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