The most fibrous reinforcing materials for engineered composites (e.g. carbon fiber, glass fiber) are solid fibers or loops, garments, and their preforms. In design and fabrication methods, the fiber orientation and design can therefore be regulated broadly. The continuous fibers from biobased materials such as plants are nevertheless growing interest. Nanocelluloses, which are projected to be cheaper than many other nanomaterials and potentially produce in great quantities, are of particular interest recently. They have an impressive strength to weight ratio and have so far demonstrated no care in their unmodified condition with respect to the climate, health and safety. The efficient and effective use of nanocellulose in continuous fibers is, however, difficult and a range of approaches have been studied where either directly or in combination with the polymers spin nanocellulose dispersions. In this study, a variety of approaches are reviewed and a perspective is provided to better understand the body of knowledge in this new and increasing area. (C) 2020 Published by Elsevier Ltd.