Fabric Properties

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  • Created on: 04-05-13 12:41

Wool- Natural

  • Warm to wear
  • Can absorb 1/3 of its weight in water and not feel wet. 
  • Repels water droplets. 
  • Very slow drying.
  • Fine wool, very comfortable.
  • Coarse wool, scratchy.
  • Very soft or coarse handle. 
  • Good drape.
  • Medium strength.
  • Not durable.
  • Very good elasticity. 
  • Creases drop out.
  • Wash and iron with care, may shrink. 
  • Dry clean.
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Silk- Natural

  • Cool, but good insulation so warm as well.
  • Absorbency is fast, can absorb  its weight in water.
  • Very comfortable.
  • Soft handle and elegant drape.
  • Good strength.
  • Very good elasticity.
  • Creases drop out.
  • Wash and iron with care.
  •  Best dry cleaned.
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Cotton- Natural

  • Cool to wear unless brushed.
  • Highly absorbent. 
  • Slow drying.
  • Very comfortable unless wet.
  • Soft handle. 
  • Good drape.
  • Good strength.
  • Good abrasion resistance.
  • Durable.
  • Poor elasticity. 
  • Creases easily.
  • Wash, boil, iron damp. 
  • May shrink.
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Linen- Natural

  • Fresh and cool to wear.
  • Highly absorbent.
  •  Fast drying.
  • Stiffer and harder than cotton.
  • Firm handle.
  • Smooth surface. 
  • Good drape.
  • Good strength and durability.
  • Poor elasticity. 
  • Creases easily.
  • Wash, boil, easily ironed.
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Viscose- Manufactured

  • Low warmth.
  • More absorbent than cotton.
  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Soft or firm handle. 
  • Good drape.
  • Lower strength than cotton.
  • Poor elasticity. 
  • Creases easily. 
  • Washable. 
  • Easy to iron.
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Acetate- Manucatured

  • Low warmth.
  • Low absorbency. 
  • Fast drying.
  • Comfortable. 
  • Prone to static.
  • Soft handle and elegant drape.
  • Low strength. 
  • Poor abrasion resistance.
  • Higher elasticity than viscose
  • Creases.
  • Wash and iron with care. 
  • Thermoplastic.
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Polyester- Manufactured

  • Low warmth, unless textured.
  • Very low absorbency. 
  • Hydrophobic. 
  • Fast drying.
  • Comfortable, but prone to static. 
  • Micro fibres breathable.
  • Soft or firm handle.
  • Very strong and abrasion resistant.
  • Very good elasticity. 
  • Crease resistant.
  • Machine washable. 
  • Iron with care. 
  • Thermoplastic.
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Polyamide (Nylon)- Manufacutred

  • Low warmth, unless textured
  • Very low absorbency. 
  • Hydrophobic. 
  • Fast drying.
  • Comfortable, but prone to static. 
  • Micro fibres breathable.
  • Soft or firm handle.
  • Very strong and abrasion resistant.
  • Very good elasticicty. 
  • Crease resistant.
  • Machine washable. 
  • Iron with care. 
  • Thermoplastic.
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Elastane- Manufactured

  • Low % always used in blends.
  • Absorbent. 
  • Dyes well.
  • Adds stretch comfort.
  • Soft or firm handle.
  • Good strength.
  • Very high elasticity. 
  • Crease resistant.
  • Machine washable. 
  • Thermoplastic.
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Acrylic- Manufactured

  • Warm to wear.
  • Fast drying.
  • Comfortable to wear.
  • Very soft wool-like handle.
  • Good drape.
  • Good strength.
  • Very good elasticity. 
  • Crease resistant.
  • Machine washable. 
  • Iron with care, may shrink. 
  • Thermoplastic.
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