Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Manufactured Fibers

One thing that we should be thankful for in this modern age is manufactured fibers.  Though polyester ruled the day in the 70s and just ended up making everyone sweaty and uncomfortable, it really paved the way for experimentation.  I can't tell you how many times I've gone to list an item from the 70s and looked at the garment tag and thought, "Whaaaat??!!" at the name of the fibers written.

However, when you look at the alternatives, cotton and linen that wrinkle easily, silk that's very delicate, and wool that's itchy and gets eaten by moths, poly-blend items really make living easier.

And less ironing.  I hate ironing.

Polyester and blends really began around the post-war era, when cotton/nylon blends began to emerge and America was taken by the whole TV-box dinner way of life -- simple and easy.  Or "Wash and Wear," when it came to clothing.

The 60s and 70s really brought about the experimentation with fibers and polyester, virtually eliminating the need for ironing (thank, God!), and, in effect, keeping colors more vibrant and fabric more durable.
So, we still see it to this day.  50/50 cotton/polyester blend is stamped in many, many tshirts and jeans.  Also, in carpets, blankets, and various other housewares.

Making life a little easier and wrinkle free, I like that.

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