Acrylic is a type of fabric that can be derived from acrylic fibers. This kind of material was first invented by the Dupont company but as of now, the company is no longer producing such fabric. But different manufacturers all over the world are continuously producing acrylic. The production of acrylic uses the substance called acrylonitrile which is also a substance utilized in the production of plastics.
During the early times, this type of fabric has a high risk of piling, so constant washing leads to a worn out appearance. But that all changed when the Monsanto Chemical Company was able to develop the process called Pil-Trol, and it helped in preventing the fabric from pilling. Although the process is considered to be effective, the acrylic fabric still requires careful cold washing or dry cleaning.
Because of its beneficial qualities, like softness, colorfastness, stain and wrinkle resistance, this has become the fabric of choice for sports garments, knits, and upholstery covering. It is also a great substitute for wool and cashmere.