Polyester is a synthetic fiber widely used in the textile industry. It often serves as a substitute for cotton, which is a natural fiber known for its absorbency and breathability. But in reality, polyester has a number of benefits that few users recognize.
From the time it began to be mass marketed, the use of this raw material has been very diversified, demonstrating its versatility. For example, it can be transformed into fabric for uniforms, athletic wear, or bags, each with different characteristics, in line with the purpose for which the fabric was designed.
Despite the specific features of each polyester-based fabric, we want to tell you about the general advantages this material brings to each of its applications:
Doesn’t lose its shape:
It doesn’t stretch or shrink. It has a recovery capacity that other natural fibers don’t have, so, for example, it doesn’t wrinkle. That’s why Lafayette Sports’ fabrics with Stretch technology are composed mostly of polyester and Lycra.
It can be combined with other materials:
This includes rayon, cotton, wool, nylon, or viscose, increasing the quality of the final product and permitting a multiplicity of uses. That’s why Uni For me offers a functional fabric that takes advantage of the natural qualities of cotton, combining it with the durability of polyester.
It’s light weight:
But that doesn’t take away from it being a very tough and durable material. A clear example is Parma Plus by Lafayette Texsolutions, a very versatile fabric with great tear and tensile strength.
It absorbs less moisture:
This helps it repel fungi, mold and bacteria. This not only increases its durability, but also avoids unpleasant odors, qualities we have taken advantage of to create Lafayette Sports’ Odor Protect technology.
It absorbs dye better:
Polyester garments usually have brighter colors and prints that are also longer-lasting. That’s why Lafayette Fashion’s fabrics for swimwear, shirts, blouses, and dresses are composed mostly of polyester.
Natural and synthetic fibers have different characteristics and advantages. The main differences come from the technology used to create fabrics, based on the desired final use. If you need advice about the materials best for you to work with, get in touch with a Lafayette consultant.