Among the most popular fabric options for fashion, design, and interiors is the renowned polyester. But what is polyester?

We know that it is a fabric, and that is has certain qualities, which makes it a great choice for clothing. There is a slight stigma when it comes to fashion, as this is a manmade fabric, and not a natural choice such as silk, cotton, or wool. But even though it is not natural, surely it must have its positive points?

What is polyester and where did it come from?

Polyester is a generalised term for any fabric or textile, which is made using polyester yarns or fibres. It is a shortened name for a synthetic, man-made polymer, which, as a specific material, is most commonly referred to as a type called polyethylene terephthalate (PET). It is made by mixing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid. That all sounds extremely scientific, but basically, polyester is a kind of plastic