Fibre Briefing: Viscose

Originally marketed as artificial silk, viscose was the earliest man-made fibre, used in fashion for more than 100 years. Viscose is prized for its softness and its fluid, draping qualities when woven or knitted into fabric. It is absorbent like cotton and can easily be dyed, washed and ironed. These qualities, combined with its lower cost, make viscose an increasingly popular fibre.

Viscose – known also as rayon – is a cellulosic fibre. It mainly derives from wood that is pulped, mixed with c…

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