Whether you simply wear your fabrics or you create your own clothing (or other items) out of them, there are many types to choose from, and it can be difficult to know how to tell them apart and which type to use without knowing the difference.
There are two categories of fabric: natural fabrics and man-made/manufactured fabrics.
The Different Types of Natural Fabrics
There are seven different kinds of natural fabrics:
The Different Types of Man-made/Manufactured Fabrics
There are also seven commonly-used man-made or manufactured fabrics:
How Should Each Fabric Be Cared For?
Every fabric is different and designed differently, which means that each and every fabric has different uses and should be cared for and cleaned differently than another type of fabric. Some fabrics are commonplace and thus, caring for them is common knowledge. For instance, it is household knowledge that cotton shrinks the first time it is washed and dried.
It is not probably household knowledge, however, what Lastex is and how it should be probably cared for or even what Lastex is used for in the first place. Lastex is actually more commonly used in combination with other fabrics to create Spandex. Lastex will lose its elasticity after repeated washings and is not the most durable of fabrics. It is valued moreover for its elasticity in the first place.
As you can see, each fabric is completely different and needs special care.
Fabric Information and Facts
Types of Natural Fabrics and How to Care for Them
How to Wash Your Fabrics