Synthetics

Synthetic fibres have a bad reputation, and this is often for good reason, especially when thinking about fast fashion garments which may be thrown away after just a few wears. At Cotswold Collections, we use synthetic fabrics where there is a real benefit to the garment. Synthetics are very durable and therefore can increase the lifespan of a garment.

Acrylic

Acrylic

Acrylic was invented in the 1800s initially to mimic the properties of wool, and since then has been used in a variety of different applications. When blended into other yarns, acrylic can greatly increase the durability of a knitted garment, add warmth and comfort without weight, keeps its shape, and due to it being less porous than protein fibres can hold colour for much longer.

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Polyester

Polyester

Polyester is the newest of the fabrics to the clothing market, being less than 100 years old. It was introduced to the 1950s as a ‘miracle fabric’, due to its wrinkle-free appearance, high stretchability, strength, and ease of care and while in some ways it still is as no other fibre has all of these properties, there are also a lot of problems around the use of polyester. At Cotswold Collections, we try to only use polyester where there is a real benefit to the garment, it is great in trousers as it helps the fabric to keep its shape, or in blouses that need to stay wrinkle-free.

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