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Polypropylene man-made fibres, c 1970s.

Polypropylene man-made fibres, c 1970s.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


This collection of polypropylene fibres includes two spools, two pieces of rope and two circular flat samples of fibre. Polypropylene (polypropene) is a thermoplastic polymer of propylene. Polypropene is particularly suited to rope manufacture as it is elastic, stronger than alternative natural materials, and is also light in weight, so much so that it will float.

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