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Description, characteristics and applications of viscose
Viscose is also known as rayon and is one of the most widely used fabrics in the fashion industry. It is a semi-synthetic fabric, created as a cheaper alternative and mimics the qualities of natural fibers such as silk and cotton, resulting from the extraction of cellulose fibers from the core of some trees such as pine or bamboo. Although viscose is often referred to as rayon, it is actually a type of rayon, like modal and lyocell. These differences differ mainly in the manufacturing process, each of which is treated differently and made into fabrics with different properties. In Europe, the fabric itself is called “viscose,” which is an accepted alternative term for rayon.
Viscose fabrics are usually soft to the touch with the look of silk and the feel of cotton. It is a very versatile fabric and a convenient choice whether used alone or combined with other fabrics. The lustrous appearance of viscose fabrics makes them appear expensive, although they are generally more affordable. Viscose is also a hypoallergenic and breathable material, capable of keeping you cool in hot climates and also useful for providing a basic level of insulation in cold climates; it does not retain heat and absorbs water and sweat well, making it ideal for T-shirts and sportswear. It is not a stretch fabric, but can be blended with other fabrics, such as spandex, for added stretch.
Viscose fabric is widely used in clothing because of its soft and comfortable feel, and can be found in various types of garments, such as blouses, shirts, sportswear and accessories such as scarves.
Is viscose a sustainable material?
Despite the many advantages of viscose, the manufacturing process can be harmful to the environment, especially if it is produced in large quantities. viscose production uses high concentrations of harmful chemicals that pollute the air and water, viscose production uses a lot of water, both to irrigate the plants and in the process of turning those plants into textiles, and requires the deforestation of forests to extract the plant fibers from which they are made.
Therefore, if you want to use this fabric, we recommend using the existing viscose to take advantage of the surplus of this fabric and avoid the pollution associated with overproduction and unnecessary consumption of resources. In our circular knitting catalog you can find viscose and other materials for your next collections to help reduce the environmental impact of fashion. Join us in sustainable fashion!