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Various Types of Nets and Their Importance

A net is an open material of thread, wire, or cord, the intersections of which are knotted or looped in order to form a mesh. Nets are mainly used for fishing. The primary stages in the manufacture and use of nets are hard to trace because fabrics were perishable and tools simple, but there is a strong sign that nets were first utilized by the hunter-gatherers of southern Europe from Upper Paleolithic times. Primitive netting was created with thread or cord made from a varied range of vegetable fibers (bark, bast, roots, leaves, and stems) and animal tissues (hide, hair, sinew, intestine, and baleen). Now the contemporary nets, mostly machine-made, are composed of vegetable fibers (such as cotton, hemp, manila, flax, and sisal) or synthetic fibers (such as nylon, polypropylene, polyester, and polyethylene). The artificial fibers are innately rotproof, whereas vegetable fibers must be treated against rot with materials such as tar.

The following key terms are mostly used in the netting world, which everyone must know about.


There are two main types of twine, which you will likely come across are polyethylene and nylon. Nylon is durable and very strong. It’s extremely versatile and is used in fishing, gardening, rigging, crafts, and the list never stops. As compared to the nylon twine, which is pretty rough to the touch, the Polyethylene twine is much smoother to the touch and is extremely robust. It is also mostly used to repair nets manufactured of the same polyethylene material.


The rope in the netting world is thicker than a twine. It can be used in situations that require a bit more ‘oomph’ such as heavy boats or in industrial situations or scaffolding, for instance. Its strength is also beneficial when being used in rope bridges for kid’s play areas. The ropes are usually made from polypropylene. It is tough and does not rot. Also, it’s extremely versatile. And it’s also comparatively soft to the touch.

Knotless Polypropylene Netting

As the name indicates, knotless Polypropylene netting is recognized mainly by the fact that it doesn’t appear to have any knots. Instead, the several strands are woven together. It provides the netting a soft touch, which makes it perfect for use when it comes to impediments in children’s soft play areas. And it is fascinating to know this type of netting is made available in multiple colors.

Braided Polyethylene Netting

Here again, the name suggests that these types of nets are knotted or braided together. Whereas polypropylene is lenient to the touch and is able to be woven together when it is about making nets with the more plastic-feeling polyethylene fishing net, the strands must be braided together, or ‘knotted’ as we say in the business. This method makes sturdier nets, and because of the nature of the polyethylene twine used, it makes them highly hardwearing. For instance, whereas softer polypropylene nets are used for the impediments in children’s play areas, braided polyethylene netting is applied for the safety nets surrounding them.