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Fabric University | Fabric Seminar | Fiber Characteristics | Nylon
Fiber Characteristics


Manufactured Fiber - available in acrylic, nylon, polyester and rayon


  • Lightweight
  • Exceptional strength
  • Good drapeability
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Easy to wash
  • Resists shrinkage and wrinkling
  • resilient, pleat retentive
  • Fast drying, low moisture absorbency
  • Can be precolored or dyed in a wide range of colors
  • Resistant to damage from oil and many chemicals
  • Static and pilling can be a problem
  • Poor resistance to continuous sunlight


  • Apparel - swimwear, activewear, intimate apparel, foundation garments, hosiery, blouses, dresses, sportswear, pants, jackets, skirts, raincoats, ski and snow apparel, windbreakers, childrenswear.
  • Home Fashions - carpets, rugs, curtains, upholstery, draperies, bedspreads
  • Other - Luggage, back packets, life vests, umbrellas, sleeping bags, tents.

Comments - Nylon is one of the strongest fiber. For this reason it´s used in garments that take a great deal of hard wear, like panty hose and swimwear.

The most popular fiber blend used in swimwear today is nylon and spandex. Although nylon is a very strong fiber, it has poor resistance to prolonged exposure to the sun. In addition, spandex breaks down from exposure to chlorine in pool water. Yet, there probably aren´t a lot of old, worn out swimsuits being returned because the fabric has wore out. That´s because the customer has learned through experience that most swimsuits, if worn a lot, won´t last for much more than a season or two. So, in many cases, when a customer shops for swimwear, she may buy as many as two or three at a time in order to get herself through just one season. This is because she has come to know what to expect from these fibers.

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