A child wears a school uniform five days a week for the majority of the year. It’s important that it is built to last - through all types of weather and many washes, while also being comfortable to wear. Uniform manufacturers take these things into consideration when producing durable fabrics. So, what is a school uniform actually made of?
Nylon, first produced in 1935, is synthetic and is both durable and lightweight. It is a popular fabric used in making school uniforms because it is hardy, low maintenance and easy to clean, which means it can last through a child’s day no matter how muddy it gets!
Polyester is another used synthetic fabric widely used in uniform for its durability. It is easy to dye, clean and can be wrinkle-resistant. Because it’s easy to customise, it is used widely to make school jumpers, skirts, shirts and trousers.
Cotton is the preferred fabric when making uniforms. It is cost-effective, easy to dye, lightweight and breathable, which is ideal for making comfortable shirts and dresses that children can play all day. It can also be combined with polyester to add extra durability.
Rayon / Viscose
Viscos is a thicker natural fibre, produced in the 1905 and is mainly used to reinforce uniform garments such as skirts, trousers and jumpers. It is a derivative of wood. It is also durable and stain resistant and reduces wear and tear when combined with other materials
Wool is used for uniforms typically worn in cold weather. It is thick and naturally warm and is often combined with polyester to make school jumpers and jackets.