Now, let us explore the last category of fibres. The synthetic fibres.
When we talk about synthetic fibres, some people might cringe and by all means avoid them. However, there are actually really good qualities about the fibres that can surely benefit you!
It's all about the usage of the fabric and the desired outcome.
Due to its excellent resilience, polyester is blended with cotton in shirting fabrics to provide wrinkle resistance and better durability.
Furthermore, polyester has good elasticity, sunlight resistance and can be either washed or dry-cleaned.
However, it is prone to static and pilling problems and is difficult for water and detergent to get into the fibre to remove stains.
Acrylic has a wool-like hand feel, it is also lightweight and has good drape, elasticity, resiliency, stain resistance and resistance to light properties.
However, it has static and pilling problems and low absorbency; thus making it uncomfortable to wear. Also, high shrinkage will occur when tumbled dry.
Nylon is a tough, lightweight fibre with high elongation and good elasticity properties. The fabric resembles silk and is very resilient, easy to care, and resistant to insects, fungi and mildew.
However, it is less absorbent than natural fibres but better than acrylic and polyester, and is prone to static and pilling problems.
With Spandex, much finer fibres can be produced. Spandex has excellent stretch properties and it is lightweight. Therefore, fabrics with spandex has better wrinkle recovery.
Furthermore, it can be either be washed or dry-cleaned and has no static or pilling problems.
However, spandex will turn yellow and eventually degrade when in contact with chlorine bleaches. It is also an expensive fibre and is sensitive to heat. Hence, use a low temperature when ironing.
There you go! Perhaps the best if to get blended fabrics which get the good properties of the materials used!