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What is polyester?

Polyester is a plastic that was invented in Britain in the 1940s and became popular in the 1950s as a result of its easy care, drape, and versatility. It is manufactured from the synthesised polymer polyethylene terephthalate (the same material that is used to make plastic drink bottles.) It can be made in sheet form or fibre-form but for textiles, it is usually the fibres that are used. The term ‘polyester fabric’ is used for fabrics that are composed of 100% polyester fibres or yarns. Polyester is often blended with natural fibres such as cotton or wool. This helps bind the fibres together and gives the fabric extra strength. It can also give the material some elasticity and make it less crease-resistant. Thermoplastic polyester or nylon microfibres can be heat-treated to give them coils, crimps and loops making the textured yarns stretchy and warm.

Properties and qualities?

Polyester fibres are extremely strong, durable and resistant to most chemicals. They do not stretch, shrink and are resistant to wrinkles, mildew and abrasion. Polyester is quick drying and always retains its shape. Polyester has a smooth and synthetic feel.

Long lasting


Easily cleaned


Polyester items can be machine washed and dried. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your polyester product.