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Fibres

Synthetic fibres

Viscose

Viscose

Viscose

A regenerated fibre from natural polymer materials like cellulose. It is used for shirts, dresses and linings and has the following qualities:

  • low warmth
  • absorbent, dries slowly
  • soft handle
  • good drape
  • not durable
  • creases easily
  • can be washed and ironed

Acrylic

Acrylic

Acrylic

Used for jumpers, fleece jackets and blankets and has the following qualities:

  • warm to wear
  • non-absorbent, dries quickly
  • stiffer handle, like wool
  • good drape
  • durable
  • crease resistant
  • easy care

Nylon (Tactel)

Nylon

Nylon

Used for active sportswear, fleece jackets, socks and seat belts and has the following qualities:

  • warm to wear
  • absorbent, dries slowly
  • breathable, repels rain
  • soft or coarse handle
  • can shrink, should be dry cleaned
  • good drape
  • durable
  • creases drop out

Polyester

Polyester

Polyester

Used for raincoats, fleece jackets, children's nightwear, medical textiles and working clothes and has the following qualities:

  • low warmth
  • non-absorbent, dries quickly
  • soft handle
  • good drape
  • very durable
  • crease resistant
  • easy care
  • can be recycled

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