Manufactured Fibers

By: Destinee Johnson

Polyester

  • made from coal or petroleum
  • strong and often blended with other fibers
  • resistant to wrinkling
  • shrink and stretch resistant
  • easy to care for
  • great washability
  • pills easily
  • static buildup



  • children's wear
  • shirts
  • suits
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Nylon

  • first fiber to be manufactured totally from chemicals
  • strong, durable, elastic
  • dries quickly
  • resists wrinkles and soil
  • washes easily
  • heat sensitive
  • clings to the wearer


  • hosiery
  • swimwear
  • windbreakers

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Acrylic

  • resembles wool
  • soft and warm
  • bulky yet lightweight
  • quick drying
  • strong
  • wrinkle resistant
  • static buildup
  • pills easily


  • terrycloth
  • bathrobes
  • knitted garments
  • outdoor furniture fabrics and awnings

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Rayon

  • soft, absorbent, and comfortable
  • inexpensive
  • stretches and is weak when wet
  • mildews and wrinkles easily


  • linings
  • sports shirts
  • jackets

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Acetate

  • very versatile
  • inexpensive and easy to dye
  • silky, luxurious
  • deep luster, soft
  • wrinkles easily
  • special care needed in cleaning


  • neckties
  • lingerie
  • blouses
  • linings

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Spandex

  • known for its ability to stretch
  • resistant to lotions, oils, sun, and perspiration
  • easily damaged by chlorine bleach
  • soft, lightweight
  • durable
  • nonabsorbent


  • swimwear
  • dance wear
  • exercise wear

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