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post #1 of Old 03-10-2010, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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What is the difference between 'natural' and 'synthetic' fabrics?

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Natural fabric refers to fabrics made from fibers found in nature. Natural fibers come from animal and vegetable sources. Synthetic fabric refers to fabric made from manufactured fibers and fibers created by scientists including some manufactured from natural materials like cellulose and wood pulp.
Both types of fabric have their advantages and disadvantages. Synthetics can be durable, easy-care, and fade-resistant, but that does not mean that natural fibers are weaker, less durable, prone to fading, and higher-maintenance. These characteristics often depend on more than the type of fiber being used. Durability, for instance, often depends on the weave and finish of a fabric. Cotton fabric can be delicate and sheer, like a batiste, or heavy and durable like a denim or tapestry. Unlike the synthetics of the 70s and 80s, today's manufactured fibers, especially the ones made in Europe, are often indistinguishable from the finest natural fibers in fabrics. Some fibers generally considered "synthetic," since they are manufactured, are actually made from renewable natural resources and are quite eco-friendly!

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I honestly can't wait to see what crazy shiz that scientists will invent regarding clothing and fabrics. Already there are exciting developments in "media connected" fabrics, microchips are planted into the structure of the fibre and they can relay health information, heart rate etc. Obviously this is in its infancy but it'll revolutionise the way we see clothes. Its cool that "smart fabrics" will give people vital information, sometimes I worry that modern society is obsessed with consuming information.

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post #3 of Old 03-27-2010, 12:13 AM
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Natural fibers have been found or have been raised, though synthetic fibres have been man made.
synthetic fibers have been made in a factory of some sort and natural fibers have been made by something that can be found in nature
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post #4 of Old 05-17-2010, 01:58 AM
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Natural fields are ones that are found in fields like cottons while synthetic are ones that made in laboratories like nylon.
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post #5 of Old 11-01-2010, 04:39 AM
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The natural fibers found in nature such as cotton, wool, silk, while synthetic fibers are made synthetically from chemicals that are obtained experimentally by man. The most common types of animals used in created natural fiber fabrics are sheep, alpacas, and silkworm,

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The difference is the type of material they were made from.
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One of my clients has a microfiber couch and it's great because cleaning is so easy. I am pretty sure that falls under the "synthetic fabrics" category
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In regards to the difference in cleaning natural fibers vs synthetic certain types of cotton can get stained from cleaning with water as part of the solution. An example of this is Indian Cotton.

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Hello guys....!
I think natural fibers are raised and it is original product of natur mens direct gift of nature whereas synthetic are that product which is manufacture by humans in lobolatory...!
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Natural fabrics is the fabrics we get direct from nature and synthetic fabrics are man-made.
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post #11 of Old 08-03-2011, 04:12 AM
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There are many different types of fabric on the market today, but each can be separated into one of three categories; natural, synthetic, and fabric blends, Natural fabric refers to fabrics made from fibers found in nature. Natural fibers come from animal and vegetable sources. Synthetic fabric refers to fabric made from manufactured fibers and fibers created by scientists including some manufactured from natural materials like cellulose and wood pulp.
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post #12 of Old 09-05-2011, 09:40 PM
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seems simple to me. natural= natural. synthetic= fake
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Natural fibres are those fibres that are grown from a sheep or found in the cotton field while synthetic fibres are those which are made in the laboratory.
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good info. i always try to go with natural as much as i can.
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post #15 of Old 03-16-2012, 12:33 AM
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Natural fabrics made by nature and Synthetic fabrics made by men. So this is only difference between this both fabrics. Cotton, Wool and silk are natural fabrics and synthetic material is synthetic fabrics which produced by men.
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Natural fabric means which are formed naturally such as wool from sheep, linen from flax plants, silk from silk worms etc. Synthetic termed as the substance which is synthesized, made in a lab or a factory such rayon, nylon, polyester.
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I try to always stick with natural, unless it's silk
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post #18 of Old 05-15-2012, 01:59 AM
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Natural fiber are material that appear in nature, such as cotton & silk.

Rope is now made of nylon fibers, but at the turn of the century rope was made of hemp fiber, a plant related to marajuana. But because were are crazyed about pot hemp fiber fell out of favor.
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