I thought i would create a post on fibres and other clothing materials. I will be describing how each fibre acts when it is put under a flame and set alight. I will also be explaining what the burnt fibre smells like and what the residue is like for each fibre.

Cotton – When put under a flame cotton will burn and not melt as it a natal fibre from animals. Cotton when burnt smells like burning paper or wood. And the residue is a fine grey ash which can be crushed into a small powder.

Wool – Is very similar to cotton when put under a flame as it burns and doesn’t melt. When burning it smells strongly of burning hair or feathers. However when removed from the flame is stops burning and the flame goes out quite quickly. The residue of burnt wool is a black hollow bead which can be crushed to black powder.

Silk – Silk when put under a flame burns and doesn’t melt. Smells of burning hair or feathers but doesn’t smell as strongly as wool as it doesn’t contain sulphur. It stops burning when removed from the flame. With the residue you are left with a black bead which can be crushed into a black powder.

Rayon – Rayon, when put under a flame burns and doesn’t melt. Smells like burning paper or wood, and after burning you are left with a residue of fine grey ash.

Polyester – As polyester is not a natural fibre, it can shrink from heat, melts, burns and can drip as a liquid. When alight the flame looks excited and starts flickering. When put under a flame it smells chemical like or sweet to an untrained nose. After being burnt, it is a hard cream or black bead that cannot be crushed.

Nylon – Shirks from heat, melts and can burn. Smells very similar to celery, and the residue can be left with a hard cream or black bead which cannot be crushed.

Acrylic – Shrinks from heat, melt and burns. Flame flickers when on fire. Acrid smell. Residue is hard black black bead that can be partially crushed.

There are many other natural and artificial fibres but i thought it would be for people to read about how each of these fibres act when under a flame. It shows that you can identify a fibre without knowing it at first glance, but under a flame you are able to quickly identify it.

Fibers are often used for forensic reason for the police to identify types of clothing or equipment used for a crime and knowing each fibre very well can make it much easier for an individual.


Clothing Explained

Clothing can tell us a lot about a person.

The first type of clothing i will talk about is un ironed or dirty clothing. This type of clothing can indicate a few things about a person. Pieces of clothing that are un ironed and creased may indicate to us that the person who is wearing them was in some sort of rush or had no time to do their clothes properly. This could also indicate they had no access to an iron that day which could tell us they were away form home, or staying with somebody else or did not even go home that night.

The next type of clothing i will talk about is cheap clothing. Cheap materials like polyester may indicate the persons clothing is a standard issue uniform or they bought it especially for work. Cheap and Easy to maintain may indicate they would mind them getting dirty or damaged. However, cheap clothing may indicate that a person is struggling financially for reasons like no job, on benefits or homeless.

Expensive clothing can tell us a lot about a person. The first reason being that they are most probably excelling financially and that they have money to spend on clothes and jewellery. This could indicate that a person is into fashion and that they like the latest and hottest brands to wear, which it could tell us further that they like to be centre of attention and they have to look good to be there. Or another reason is that they are trying to make a good impression like being on a first date, job interview or that they work in a professional place.

Formal footwear is usually dark in colour, most commonly black or brown, and materials used are usually leather or suede. This type of footwear is mostly used in professional places like jobs, interviews, formal situations like court hearings or meetings.

Informal footwear is most commonly used for sporting activities, or casual and comfortable situations. This type of footwear is usually worn by the younger generation of people like teenagers etc. Brands that include in informal footwear could be Nike or Adidas etc. Most young people who wear these sorts of brands for footwear are usually following the latest trends in that style, so it is worth while keeping your eye out on the latest fashion trends for certain clothing. This may help you read a person much more clearly and efficiently.