Natural vs. Synthetic Fibers Posted on April 11, 2011 under Garment Care. | no comments.All clothing is made from fibers and up until 1935 all fibers used were either plant or animal based such as cotton, linen, silk, and wool. These fibers were then spun into thread and then woven into cloth. In 1935, DuPont invented nylon which forever changed the garment industry. Synthetics material would be used separately as well as interwoven with natural fibers. In the United States all clothing has a fiber content label to show what percentage of the garment is made from each type of fiber.
Reading these labels can give you important information about the best ways to take care of that particular garment.
Natural Fibers are fibers created from plants and animal sources. They typical allow your skin to breath better and are considered more comfortable especially in very warm climates.
The major drawback is that they have a tendency to wrinkle badly and can shrink when washed in hot water or high dryer heat
Synthetic fibers have the luxury of being more resilient, and longer lasting. Each synthetic fiber has specific care instructions that you must follow in order not to ruin the fabric.
Some synthetic fibers will melt when exposed to heat, like hot dryers or irons. Additionally many synthetics can be uncomfortable to wear, causing the garment industry to experiment with different natural and synthetic blends Taking care of your garments means understanding what your garment is made of as well as learning the best way to care for the fabric. Remember when in doubt always ask your friendly Dry Cleaners