Nylon is a type of synthetic (man-made) polymer (similar chemically
to plastic). It was first developed by the DuPont factory in the
1930s. It has a silky quality and was used to make womenís stockings
in the 1940s and soon became an artificial substitute for products
(textiles and otherwise) made from silk. Tights, leggings, and swim
suits are commonly made from nylon, as are many military products.
2. Polyester. Polyester
is a category of polymer that is used to make everything from
synthetic and partly synthetic fabrics designed to look and feel
similar to cottons, wools, and other natural fabrics. Plastic wear,
such as bottles, films, holograms, and canoes can also be made from
Acrylic is another type of polymer that
contains at least 85% acrylonitrile, a chemical compound similar to
vinyl. It is soft and has a wool and cashmere-like feel to the
touch. However, it pulls and frays easier than what itís imitating,
in addition it does not insulate as well as the natural fibers. Although
it may look as though it will keep warm, be wary of harsh winters.
Rayon is a partially synthetic fiber, made from manufacturing
cellulose fiber--using the pulp of various plants and chemicals such
as acetone and ether. Rayon fabric has a lustrous quality.