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Latex fabric is a rubber-like material, made from the natural material latex or from PVC. Latex or natural rubber is a white liquid obtained from plants such as the rubber tree. Latex fabric can also be made from synthetic fibers, from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). In order to make synthetic latex, the plastic PVC is applied to a polyester base layer.
Latex fabric is shiny, soft and smooth. It is a sturdy, wear-resistant material that can withstand a fair amount of force. Latex fabric made of natural or synthetic fibers is water-repellent. Latex is a striking material, making it a popular fabric for costumes, accessories, stage wear and other clothing.