- FABRICS IN GENERAL
- FABRICS IN MORE DETAIL
- MAN MADE FIBRE'S
FABRICS IN GENERAL
When talking about fabrics, there are two main types. Fabrics made from: 1. Natural Fibres 2. Man Made Fibres These can be produced in various forms e.g. 100% natural, 100% man –made (Or synthetic) or a blend of the two.
1. Fabrics Made From Natural Fibres
These fabrics are made from fibres that are found in nature e.g. Cotton, Linen, Wool etc. The main advantages of natural fibres are that they are absorbent, usually making them more comfortable to wear as the fibres breathe.
Natural fibres are often perceived as being more superior quality than synthetic fibres and can cost more to produce. Garments made of natural fibres can therefore usually demand a higher price. Natural fibres do tend to crease more than synthetic fibres, and are therefore often blended with a synthetic fibre to create a more crease resistant cloth.
2. Fabrics made from Man-Made Fibres
These fabrics are used producing using chemical elements or compounds, their fibres cannot be found in nature. The main benefits of synthetic fabrics is as follows:
It's usually more crease resistant than natural fabrics
It retains its shape well
It's often more durable and stronger than natural fabrics
It's often cheaper
Blending a synthetic fibre with a natural one can improve the durability and strength of a fabric. It can make for easier care e.g. Better crease resistance, and may also reduce the cost compared to a 100% natural fabric.