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The Fiber Reference Image Library is a web-accessible image database of textile fibers created by photographing the fibers as seen through multiple microscopic techniques. This website was developed with support from the National Park Service, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training and the Ohio State University Historic Costume & Textiles Collection. FRIL is under continual development. Plant fibers include those from the Comparative Plant Fiber Collection. Many animal and manufactured fibers are included, with more to be added. For an example of the use of FRIL fiber images, read My Sweaty Valentine For recent additions, click on the News tab.

How to Use FRIL

Explore

Explore FRIL to learn how it may be used to identify fibers and characterize the manner in which they have been treated. FRIL will be useful for conservators, textile scientists, archaeologists, and students.

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Research

Research

FRIL can be used in research to understand fibers and their morphological differences, techniques of microscopy and the identification and characterization of fibers in artifacts.

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Outreach

Outreach

Fiber identification is engaging to many people. For an example of how to use FRIL to teach science, technology and social studies, read Clothes and Kids and Did Amelia Earhart Use this Fabric? and The Bamboo Story

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