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What does textile mean?

Textile literally means "anything that is woven". The word is derived from the Latin word for weaving: "texere". Textile is a material that consists of filaments (continuous threads) or fibres (short pieces of thread). Textiles are produced by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting or felting.

Where do textiles come from?

The first spinning mills, which worked mechanically thanks to wind and water power, were built around 1800. From around 1850 onwards, large textile factories were established that worked with machines and were therefore able to produce more. In the 19th century, the production of linen and cotton also increased.

How are fabrics made?

A fibre source is the first prerequisite for producing textiles. The main fibres are obtained from wool, flax and cotton. Later, various types of synthetic fibres were added, starting with artificial silk in 1884. Yarn can be made from all these fibres, usually by spinning.

Clothing made from yarn 

So the core is yarn. These yarns can be made from many different raw materials, all of which have their own specific properties. Some yarns are made from natural fibres such as cotton or wool, others from man-made fibres such as polyester.

The most important plant fibre is still cotton, followed by linen. Hemp, nettle and bamboo are now also used in clothing. Other fibres are Manila hemp, sisal, coconut, etc. The most important animal fibre is wool, followed by silk, angora, camel and various other types of hair.

Buy high quality fabrics at Herbert Textil

Visit the Herbert Textil online shop and discover our extensive selection of high-quality fabrics, such as

  • Boiled wool
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Muslin
  • Nicky velour
  • Organic fabrics
  • Ribcord
  • Waffle cotton

Or visit the warehouse sale every Thursday at Bocholder Esch 27, 48683 in Alstätte. 

Remaining materials from the webshop, sewing accessories and fabrics from the regular collection are sold there.

If you can't come to Herbert Textil, Herbert Textil will be happy to come to you! We participate in the German markets of Stoffmarkt Holland. 

Your reliable partner for fabrics

Herbert Textil is your reliable partner when it comes to fabrics. With our many years of experience and our large selection, we offer you the best materials for your projects. 

We attach great importance to customer satisfaction and are happy to provide you with advice and assistance. Choose fabrics from Herbert Textil and let your creative ideas become reality.