Characteristics of fabrics.

How well do you know them? Silk is silky, wool is warm, polyester is... synthetic? How often do you go shopping and find yourself turning the garment inside out to see its composition but in actual fact not truly knowing the properties of each different type of fabric. This can be especially annoying when shopping online when you cannot see nor feel the garment itself and let alone end up having a laundry disaster.

Purchasing a uniform, whether it would be for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, industrial or sportswear, each fabric has different characteristics to keep you cool, dry, warm, have flexibility or even be protective, looking after these garments is whole another story. The Total Image group is here to clarify any misconceptions and uncertainties about fabrics so you can feel more positive about what you buy. We will cover the most commonly used cotton, polyester and wool.

Cotton is a natural plant fibre considered to be a versatile and desirable fashion choice especially for young men & women today as it is soft, comfortable, has a crisp look and is easy to care for. Its best property, however, is its breathable as it absorbs and releases perspiration quickly therefore best worn in summer. On the down side it creases easily, has low colour retention and is non durable.




Polyester is a man-made derivative of petroleum, perceived by many as having a less natural feel compared to fabrics woven from natural fibres as it does not absorb moisture and can be hot to wear. However, polyester fabrics can provide specific advantages over natural fabrics, such as improved wrinkle resistance, durability and higher colour retention. As a result, polyester fibres are commonly used together with natural fibres such as cotton to combine both characteristics. 


By Rob - Sheeps Wool, CC BY 2.0, 


Wool is a commonly used fibre obtained from a variety of animal coats, most commonly from merino sheep-merino wool, as it is the softest wool in the world. Wool fabric is soft to the touch and provides warmth, therefore a preferred choice for winter apparel especially in corporate uniforms. Wool has other features such as durability, elasticity and shape retention. The common type of wool used for the production of apparel is Merino wool, obtained from the Merino sheep. Furthermore, wool is a resilient fabric, especially to wear and tear, returning to its original condition after been creased. 

Tip: Refresh your wool garment by putting it into a steamy bathroom. 

When caring for wool, do not wash too often as this can wear out the fabric and shorten its life. When washing use light settings and do not rub, also do not put into the dryer as this will result in shrinking.