Chapter 1: Synthetic Fibres and Plastics

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Synthetic Fibres and Plastics


Rayon is different from synthetic fibres because

(a) it has a silk-like appearance.

(b) it is obtained from wood pulp.

(c) its fibres can also be woven like those of natural fibres.


Synthetic fibers are fibers that are made by humans through chemical synthesis. Synthetic fiber is also called man-made fiber.

Rayon and nylon are synthetic fibers while silk is a natural fiber. The rayon is man-made fibers that are obtained by the chemical treatment of wood pulp. It is cheaper than silk and has all the properties of silk. That is why rayon is called artificial silk. The rayon is mixed with wool to make carpets while it is mixed with cotton to make bed sheets.

Hence, the correct answer is  (b) it is obtained from wood pulp.

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