Acrylic Man Made Fiber




Acrylic is man made fiber forming a substance of long chain synthetic polymer composed of 85% weight of acrylonitrile units.


Acrylic appearance has round shape with smooth


surface. In 1950, acrylic was first produce in USA


from a company called E. I. DuPont de Nemours


& Company. The fabric became popular replacing


wool, mainly for sweaters, and blankets and later


for other material. Consumer responded well to


acrylic because it was affordable than wool, and washable.




Acrylic is a lightweight fiber with good drape. It


creates fabrics that are warm yet lightweight. It has


good resiliency and elasticity and has excellent


resistance to sunlight and weathering. It may be


washed or dry cleaned.




Acrylic only have fair strength, when it is 20% weak and recovery when dry. It only have 1 1/2 % moisture regain, which mean it should never be worn on humid weather. Static and piling are frequent problems.


End Results:


You can find this fiber in sweaters, blankets, carpeting, children's garments and outdoor products, such as bunting and canopies.