The invention of manufactured fabrics

Events

First patent for 'artificial silk' granted

1855 - January 1, 1855

First commercial rayon plant built

1890

Rayon is used today in both fashion and furnishing, and is used to make jackets, sheets, curtains, blouses etc.

Cellulostic acetate invented

1893

First commercial textile uses for acetate in fibre form

1924

Acetate today is used in clothing, upholstery and yarn.

Creation of nylon

1931

Nylon is used today in parachutes, gloves, carpets and furnishing

First fabric synthesised from petrochemicals (Nylon)

1938

Creation of acrylic fabrics

1948

Sweaters, socks, sportswear, home furnishing (indoor & outdoors)

Polyester fabric developed

1949

Polyester is used today in tyre reinforcements, conveyor belts, safety belts etc.