Polyester, Acrylic, and Other Synthetics
The man-made fibers include all fibers that are formed chemically. These are divided into regenerated fibers and synthetic fibers. However, the regenerate fibers are not very strong and become weaker when wet. Therefore, we only recommend hand washing.
The properties of the synthetic fibers such as flexibility, elasticity, and tensile strength are determined in their production. The three largest fiber groups in terms of product are polyamide, polyester and acrylic. All synthetic materials are glossy but can be made matte during manufacturing. They are strong and relatively elastic, which means that they do not wrinkle easily.
Polyester is strong, does not wrinkle and keeps its shape well. Polyester fabrics are easy-care fabrics that hardly need to be ironed. Polyester clothing and caps are suitable when moisture wicking and / or abrasion resistance is required like in training clothes.
The term Polyester 600 D is sometimes used. It describes the thickness and structure of the fabric. 600 D is a heavier woven polyester, which is used on items such as our beach chairs.
Acrylic is one of the most common synthetic fibers and has been developed to resemble wool. Acrylic has a very high resistance to light and is therefore good for fabrics used outdoors.
Elastane, or Spandex, also called Lycra, is a very stretchy and elastic synthetic fiber and is always combined with other materials. It has very good extensibility, up to 700% and gives the fabric good dimensional stability, compliance and elasticity.