1. Any fibre, but usually cotton, linen, wool and silk in its natural, unprocessed state, before bleaching, dyeing, etc. Once the fibres are woven into fabric it’s usually known as unbleached or loomstate rather than raw.
Raw silk describes any silk where the fibres still hold ‘impurities’, the tiny pieces of cocoon that remain after spinning, weaving and after the fabric has been bleached or dyed.
Unbleached cotton muslins and linens are inexpensive and in their natural colours, are sympathetic furnishing materials for:
a) sheer curtains as they seem to disappear at the window; this makes them excellent choice where bleached materials look too clean, or obvious.
b) sofa and chair covers; the natural colours are perfectly good for may purposes, and the fabric can of course, always be home dyed, and the cost is attractive fro any area of large metre age.
c) curtaining; unbleached cloth is less expensive than the same cloth dyed to a natural colour, and as the colouring is less even, it looks more natural.
2. The raw materials of a project refer to its components, those things which need tobe brought together in order to create something new–something destined to become more than the sum of its parts.