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Hand Dyed Silk Noil
Hand-dyed silk noil

Noil is the short fiber left over from combing wool or spinning silk and used as a decorative additive for many spinning projects, like rovings and yarns.[1][2] Silk noil is also called "raw silk", although that is a misnomer. As noil is a relatively short fiber, fabric made from noil is weaker and considered less valuable.

The plural noils is also used, and means the same as noil.


  1. ^ Indiana Alpaca Fiber Encyclopedia. Collected 20 Jul 2010
  2. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica Volume XXV, 1911 Edition, pp 107. Google Books. Collected 20 Jul 2010