The hair of the angora rabbit. The origin of the angora breed is unclear. It is believed to come from France, developed from a mutation in a wild rabbit, in the 18th century. Note: the hair of the Angora goat is referred to as mohair.

Angora Goat

Scoured mohair appears smooth and white. It varies in fineness and is highly resilient, very strong and has a high lustre. Its value is determined by its lustre and not its softness. Used extensively in industries such as carpet, upholstery, curtain automobile cloth.

Angora Rabbit

Hair from the angora rabbit. It is indigenous to Asia Minor and Turkey. Often blended and mixed with wool to lower the price of the finished article or to obtain fancy or novelty effects.

Anidex (Fibre)

A term used to describe fibres made from a synthetic linear polymer that consists of at least 50% by mass of one or more esters of a monohydric alcohol and propenoic acid (acrylic acid).

Animal Fiber

The term used to distinguish natural fibers obtained from animals. It includes alpaca, angora, goat hair, camel hair, cashmere, cow hair, fur, guanaco, hog hair, huarizo, llama, mohair, Misti, Persian cashmere, rabbit hair, silk, sun, vicuna, worsted, worsted lop.

Animal Skin

Refers to a design which suggests the skin of an animal. Leopard, tiger, zebra, and giraffe are popular motifs.

Anionic Dye

A dye that dissociates in aqueous solution to give a negatively charged ion.


Finish that makes a fabric resistant to the growth of bacteria.


A finish applied to fleece which involves shearing the surface so that the fabric is less likely to pill.

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