Polyamide fibres are obtained through macromolecules. The first available polyamide fibre was nylon, which is still one of the lightest fibres. Nylon is known for its high resistance towards abrasion and tearing. In addition, nylon is elastic, does not crease, and is easily dyed. The breakthrough for chemical fibres came in the early 1950s, with the introduction of nylon stockings. Among elastic textiles, nylon has established itself as the most important fibre. 

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