the longitudinal splitting of a fibre or filament to give either micro-fine surface hairs or a complete breakdown into sub-micron fibres. In fabrics for apparel, fibrillation can be used to create a variety of surface textures and attractive aesthetics. In hydroentangled nonwoven fabrics, the fibrils make entanglement easier and can give added strength to the fabric. Last referenced in: Leading Edge Technologies for Textile Finishing (Textile Outlook International Issue 152)
a tough, elastic protein which forms the principal component of raw silk.
extra, floating, wefts which are embodied in a fabric, particularly a jacquard, and can be cut to produce a fringe effect.