Acrilian is a synthetic acrylic fibre, the trade name of the fabric Polypropenonitrile. Its properties are that it is soft, strong and crease resistant. It is also washable, moth and mildew resistant, it will not shrink and it can be heat set, into pleats for example. Acrilan dyes very well and can be used for fabrics, carpets and upholstery.  Acrilan is made in a very complex chemical reaction, primarily from a compound called acrylonitrile, made from acetylene and Hydrogen Cyanide. It is a continuous filament fibre, because it is man-made, made by squeezing liquid ‘Acrilan Resin’ through a spinerette and allowing it to cool and harden to form the fibre.

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Written by Kelly Mitchell

Kelly Mitchell, extremely competent and reliable, she is currently in her third year at the University of Lincoln UK, studying Fashion. Kelly is responsible for the Fabrics, Fibers and Leathers sections of our Dictionary

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