Textiles Classification Essay

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All fabrics are created from tiny hair-like fibers. These can be less than an inch in length or long, strands that goes on and on. These fibers are mixed by twisting them together making a yarn. The yarns are woven , knitted or they are ironed onto the fabric.

Manufactured Fibers

Manufactured fibers are made from raw substances through being processed in factories. They are not fabrics that are made from natural sources.

In the year 1910, rayon was the first man-made fabric that was commercially produced in the United States of America. It was created from a fibrous substance that is found in all forms of plant life. The first fiber made that was made completely from chemicals…show more content…

Woven Fabrics

Woven fabrics are created by interlacing yarns together at the right angles to each other. By differentiating the pattern in which the yarns are interlaced, fabrics with different qualities are created. Mostly , the basic weave is the plain weave. Plain weave fabric is frequently used for shirts and dresses. These fabrics are fairly strong and are very durable. They are a lot easier to sew than many other types of man-made fabrics.

The twill weave is constructed in a way that results in a pattern of diagonal lines in the fabric . Denim and many suiting fabrics are made in this particular way. In general, twill fabrics are stronger and much more durable than other fabrics. They are also wrinkle resistant and hides soil. Satin fabrics are woven in a particular manner that creates a smooth , shiny. These fabrics are very attractive and soft, making them very popular for dressy blouse and dresses. However , satin fabrics have a tendency to snag and fray and pull easily . This makes them less durable and more complicated to sew than most fabrics. Many satin fabrics are not wrinkle resistant and do not conceal stains very well.

Knit Fabrics

Knit fabrics are made by interlacing loops of a continuous length of yarn to create a ribbed fabric . This makes a

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How should I go about choosing my topic?

Begin by reading the explanations below.  Examples of each are provided below!

  • Division Essay: find a topic that people might tend to underestimate or over-simplify.  In other words, choose something that the average person might not know much about, and therefore can't really understand how complex or interesting that topic really is.  Your job in the essay will be to break your topic down into meaningful and important categories.

  • Classification Essay: think about the categories we place things in everyday and the characteristics of those categories.  The topic you choose should allow you to argue that something has been misplaced.

How should I organize this essay?

As you write, keep these guidelines in mind: 

  1. Your thesis statement and introduction will need to explain why these divisions/ classifications should matter to your reader.
  2. Your thesis statement and introduction MUST define or explain the category you plan to discuss (i.e. A sport is a competitive, physical activity therefore cheerleading should be considered a sport.)
  3. You should organize your body paragraphs so that each division or category has it's own paragraph or section. (i.e. cardio exercise is paragraph 1 and weightlifting is paragraph 2, etc.)

Division Essay Examples

If you want to lose weight, simply saying that you're going to "exercise" everyday may not be the most effective way to do so.  Exercising is more complex than many people realize--attaining your goals will involve understanding how different types of exercise can help you achieve your goals.   

Types of Exercise

  • cardio: burns calories and strengthens your heart (running, using an elliptical or stair-stepping machine, etc.)
  • weight lifting: tones muscles, increases physical strength, burns fat (using weights or weighted machines)
  • recreational/sports: depending on the sport, can provide both cardio and toning benefits (cycling, tennis, kayaking)

We could also narrow this topic down a bit further and write about the important differences between different types of cycling.

Types of Cycling:  stationary (exercise) biking, road biking, mountain biking, recreational biking

Classification Essay Examples

To write this type of essay, we'll need to think about things that should or should not be placed in a particular category.

Example: Batman (that's our topic!) is not a superhero (category people place him in), but is simply a local vigilante (category he belongs in).

Ask yourself: Why do I think that...?

  • Does not possess super powers (powers most humans don't possess).  
  • Chooses to be a hero, rather than being "chosen" by others/other forces.

Example: Cheerleading (That's our topic!) should be considered a sport (It belongs in the category, "sports"). 

Ask yourself: Why do I think that...?

  • cheerleaders go to "practice" and must be in good physical shape
  • cheerleaders work together toward a common goal
  • cheerleaders must "try out" for their squad and often compete against other squads

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