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Polyester used to be considered a hot fabric?

I know growing up; I’m 57.  Polyester was consider hot compared to natural fabrics. Has the way that polyester is made changed?

By: Tony

2 Responses to “Polyester used to be considered a hot fabric?”

  1. Kirsten Longly says:

    Dear Tony,
    You bet it’s changed. The advancement in technology for the production of polyester has gone so far beyond what it was when it originally came out. While the basic technique is essentially the same, the different applications and procedures has changed drastically. Now instead of a rough fiber that melts on contact with heat you have a semi, naturally occurring, fire retardant material that is very safe and depending on the extrusion process has a ton of differing end products. You can have anything from a micro fiber to a fo-wool. Silk-like, water proof, water resistant, out-door gear to satin wedding gowns. Almost anything is possible and science is coming up with new things all the time. Check out the spray on fabric video on our facebook page.

  2. Leslie Hanes says:

    Polyester yarn is still the same. However, what has changed is the way that many manufacturers knit the fabric. For example, Polartec™ knits large fibers to small fibers in their Powerdry™, which creates wicking. This means that the moisture from the body is pulled from the inside of the fabric to the outside, where it evaporates. When moisture evaporates, it causes natural evaporative cooling…the gas is roughly 20-30 degrees cooler than the surrounding air. So, even wearing polyester can be much cooler than wearing cotton if the fabric design is high tech. This is why many athletic shirts are now made from Polyester…they can be actually cooler and dryer than natural fabrics.