Let us explore more on manufactured fibres! Here's 4 manufactured fibres that we'd like to share with you so you'd know more about them, their properties and pro & cons.
In fact, some of them have better qualities than natural fibres! You'd be surprised.
Rayon can emulate the look of silk or cotton, among other natural fibres.
In addition to its natural look, it is more absorbent and more comfortable to wear, as compared to cotton. It also has no static or pilling problem, and can either be washed or dry-cleaned with a cool hand feel.
However it has a high shrinkage, poor elasticity and is prone to wrinkling.
Modal is an improved rayon fabric and hence has similar characteristics. It is also known as high wet modulus rayon (HWM Rayon) or polynosic rayon.
Modal has a higher tensile strength, is smoother, softer and can drape better than mercerized cotton (treated cotton). In addition, it is more absorbent than cotton.
However it can accumulate static electricity and is vulnerable to mildew (a fungal filament) and silverfish (an insect).
Acetate resembles silk but it does not absorb moisture as readily. However, it can dry off relatively fast and is resistant to shrinking. It has a fair resiliency and absorbency properties, and is pliable and soft with nice clean lines and a lovely drape.
On the downside, it is not as strong as silk, is prone to wrinkling and is vulnerable to mildew (a fungal filament) and silverfish (an insect).
Triacetate is an improved acetate fabric which is stringer and easier to care for.
To end of, we would like you to know that it doesn't mean that natural fibres are the best. As of everything, they have their advantages and disadvantages.
What's important is that you like what you are wearing and is comfortable with what you have!