Acrylic, Rayon, Nylon and others

Acrylic was introduced in 1950 as a soft, warm, machine-washable substitute to wool but are now also used to duplicate the look and feel of cotton.  Acrylic fabrics are lightweight with good drape, quick-drying and resilient to wrinkling, weather, oil, moths, mildew and shrinking.  Compared with Polyester, acrylics are warmer, less elastic and not as strong.

  • low moisture absorbency, but do not pill and are comfortable to wear
  • easily damaged by hot irons, steam, spinning and hot dryers
  • weaker when wet so handle carefully when washing to avoid stretching
  • attract and absorb odors, so require frequent washing
  • use fabric softener to reduce static electricity