Polyethylene is a synthetic thermoplastic polyamide. It is a performance fiber that can be made as filament yarn from both petroleum or bio-based sources such as corn and sugar cane. Polyethylene is hydrophobic and lipophilic, which means it can only be solution dyed and printed with oil-based paint. It can also be embossed printed with a heated engraved roller. Polyethylene fabric resists abrasion, stains, bacteria, and diluted bleach, which is ideal for indoor wallcoverings.

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