Staple length

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A quantity by which a sample of fibrous raw material is characterized as regards its technically most important fibre length.

Note : The staple length of wool is usually taken as the length of the longer fibres in a hand prepared tuft or ‘staple’ in its naturally crimped and wavy condition (see crimp). With cotton, on the other hand, the staple length corresponds very closely to the modal or most frequent length of the fibres when measured in a straightened condition.

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The length of sheared locks obtained by measuring the natural staple without stretching or disturbing the crimp. The fiber regrowth or regeneration from one shearing to the next.

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