Clothing will be made from asbestos



Gregory Benford : science fiction author and astrophysicist
Dresses of asbestos that will be as lustrous as silk and will give long wear, with ease in cleaning, are predicted by an eastern scientist. Fabrics are already being made from trees and vegetables and the Romans made a sort of cloth from asbestos fibers centuries ago, so this prophecy is considered entirely reasonable by experts. The use of asbestos in the early Roman days was confined largely to the weaving of shrouds. According to tradition, Charlemagne had a tablecloth of asbestos which was cleaned by throwing it into the fire. In the seventeenth century, Chinese merchants displayed asbestos handkerchiefs and the Eskimos in Labrador have used lampwicks made of an asbestos fabric for many years


GREGORY BENFORD, Popular Mechanics, (2012), "The Future That Never Was: Pictures from the Past', [online], Available: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/engineering/future-that-never-was-next-gen-tech-concepts?click=main_sr#slide-1


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