Acrylic refers to a man-made synthetic polymer fiber which is lightweight, soft and wrinkle-resistant. Often used in sweaters as an alternative to wool, Acrylic is less expensive but usually not as warm.
In the fashion context, acrylic refers to a synthetic fiber made from polymers derived from petroleum. It is often used as a cheaper alternative to wool or cashmere, as it has a similar softness and warmth but is less expensive. Acrylic is also lightweight, durable, and resists shrinkage, making it a popular choice for knitted garments such as sweaters, scarves, and hats.
Examples of acrylic clothing and accessories include:
- Acrylic sweaters and cardigans
- Acrylic hats and beanies
- Acrylic scarves and shawls
- Acrylic socks and stockings
- Acrylic gloves and mittens
- Acrylic blankets and throws
- Acrylic upholstery fabrics and carpets
Acrylic can also be blended with other fibers such as wool or cotton to enhance its properties or achieve different textures and colors. Additionally, acrylic is used in the production of non-clothing items such as furniture, automotive interiors, and outdoor signage due to its durability and resistance to weathering.