By Beulah Blackmore

The word textile as used in this chapter is applied to the common fibers and the woven goods produced from them. Since the making of fabrics has been taken out of the home, the housewife's knowledge of materials has become very limited, while the industry has been steadily advancing. In fact, the manufacturer can so disguise, substitute, and adulterate a textile that even the expert may be deceived by the appearance. No objection should be raised to any fiber that is suited to its purpose; the point for contention is that the buyer frequently pays for one kind of material and receives another. Textiles cannot be standardized until the consumer is ready to train himself through study, experience, and observation, to recognize good materials and to demand a fair return for his money.