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Radon

Radon is a radioactive gas formed in the decay of uranium that is a dangerous air pollutant. Radon typically enters a building through cracks in the foundation.

Ramie fibre

Ramie fibre the perennial stalk producing plant has been cultivated in eastern Asia for fibre since prehistoric times. 3-8 feet high, with heart-shaped leaves, the plant’s texture was used in the fabric in ancient Egypt and was known in Europe during the Middle Ages.

Range-dye

Range-dyeing is a process in which yarn runs through an indigo dye, then the colour fix by exposing it to air. This allows the fabric to fade gradually.

Rapidly renewable materials

Rapidly renewable material is a term used to describe materials, fibres, animal or any other product considered agricultural that takes ten years or less to grow, raise and harvest in an ongoing sustainable way.

Rapier Looms

Rapier Looms conveys a pick of weft from a stationery package, through the shed. It is either a single Rapier or a pair. Blades are either rigid rods or flexible steel tapes, which are straight when in the shed but on withdrawal are wound onto a wheel, to save floor space.

Raw denim (dry)

Raw denim (dry) contrary to washed denim, is a denim fabric not coated after being dyed during its production. Over time, denim will extensively fade, which is often considered desirable.