Synthetic fibers are manufactured rather than being naturally
produced. Some, such as rayon and acetate, are made from cellulosic
products and, while man-made, are not true synthetics. Others, such
as nylon, polyester, acrylic, and olefin, are based on petroleum, alcohol,
or natural gas derivatives. The chemical solutions used to make
synthetic fibers are extruded through tiny holes to produce filament
yarns. Nylon, the first true synthetic fiber, was developed in 1939.
Synthetic fabrics have made fabric care easier. They are hard wearing and crease resistant but are not generally absorbent. Synthetic fibers may be blended with natural fibers such as cotton and wool. Here are some of the more popular synthetic fabrics.
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