Manufactured Fibers

Polyester

Polyester is a synthetic product often used as a textile

Characteristics- Resistant to wrinkling, strong and often blended with other fibers

Uses: children's wear, shirts, suits

Nylon

They are used for a variety of uses from clothing to home furnishings and industrial uses

Characteristics: First fiber to be manufactured totally from chemical. Strong, durable, elastic. Dries quickly. Resists wrinkles and soil, Washes easily.

Common uses: hosiery, swimwear, and windbreakers

Acrylic

Acrylic fibers are synthetic fibers made from a polymer (polyacrylonitrile)

Characteristics: Resembles wool, soft and warm, bulky, yet lightweight, quick drying.

Common Uses: Terryclot, bathrobes, knitted garments, outdoor furniture fabrics and awnings.

Rayon

Rayon is a versatile fiber and is widely claimed to have the same comfort properties as natural fibers.

Characteristics: Soft, absorbent, and comfortable, inexpensive, stretches and weak when its wet, mildews and wrinkles easily.

Common uses: Linings, Sports shirts, and jackets

Acetate

Acetate is a specialized man-made fabric derived from natural sources.

Characteristics; Very versatile, inexpensive and easy to dye, Silky, luxurious, Deep luster, soft, Wrinkles easily, Special care needed in cleaning.

Common Uses: Neckties, lingerie, blouses, linings

Spandex

Spandex is a lightweight, synthetic fiber that is used to make stretchable clothing such as sportswear.

Characteristics: Known for its ability to stretch, easily damaged by chlorine bleach, soft, lightweight, durable, nonabsorbent

Common Uses: Swimwear, dancewear, exercise wear

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