Fleece fabric is fabric made from the wool of a sheep or similar animal. It is a soft, durable, lightweight fabric which is more commonly made from synthetic fibres such as acrylic or polyester nowadays. Fleece fabric is manufactured by being either woven or knitted with a pile which is brushed to create a thick, fuzzy nap. It is made to imitate real fleece. Some of the properties of fleece are warmth, breathability, quick drying and being easy to launder. It is used to make outdoor clothing such as coats and hats. ‘Polarfleece’ was the first synthetic fleece fabric and was developed in 1979. Fleece can also be made from recycled plastic bottles which is currently being developed.

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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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