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What is polyester?

Polyester is a man-made material made from synthesized polymers. It’s a very versatile material because of its resiliency, quick drying qualities, and resistance to damage from mold or mildew. Because of the way polyester is manufactured it is also very sturdy and holds shape really well.

Many synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, are highly flammable, so care should be taken when wearing it. The substance that makes polyester (polyethylene terephthalate- PET) is the same material that plastic drink bottles are made out of. In fact, many types of polyester are made from recycled drink bottles. To make polyester fiber, an extruder is used to produce very fine threads of PET. Polyester clothing tends to be slippery and silky in feel, although it can cause skin irritation for some wearers. This type of fibers used to make clothing can be knitted or woven, although most are knit, to maximize the flexibility of polyester. Some polyester is blended with other fabrics to provide more loft or stretch or to minimize skin irritation.

Where did polyester come from?

Polyester was invented in Britain in the early 1940s. It didn’t become popular as a textile until the 1950s. Once used in clothing it became very evident how easy it was to care for and its beautiful draping capabilities.

There is usually a portion of polyester in most garments. Even at the smallest percentage, it adds resiliency, support and wrinkle free traits to any material. When searching for your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses don’t be dissuaded by seeing the word ‘polyester’ on a tag. It is actually a huge bonus. Your dresses will look better and wrinkle free longer because of it.

A stunning example of polyester is Allure Bridal Gown 878.


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