Introduction


Polyester is one of the versatile manmade fibres finding its use from apparel to industrial field. Polyester apparels are becoming more popular in these days. Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) fibre is today the most widely manufactured fibre having overtaken polyamide fibres (Koslowski, 1993). Its fifty years by existence has recently reviewed in a commemorative book (Brunschweiler and Hearle, 1993). In India production of polyester has been a fast growing area. However, Polyester suffers from the deficiency as far as comfortability is concerned. In this regard, many suggestions have been considered by the producers. Thus efforts are on the way for its scientific modifications so as to impart greater comfort, good draping qualities, improved moisture regain and a more natural silky appearance. In this context, it was felt by the fabric manufacturers to adopt ways of improving aesthetics by imparting silky feeling to polyester in particular use for apparels, dresses, ties etc. Japanese research workers came out successfully with a pioneering work in developing silky polyester.


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The authors of the article are associated with Textile Technology, University College of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad.