Want to know more about one of our FAVOURITE fabrics here at She Creates Stories? We have put together this blog post on Viscose (also known as Rayon). Learn where it comes from, why it's so great, and how to care for it. You'll soon realize why we LOVE it so...
Soft and lightweight, viscose fabric is a fixture of many modern wardrobes and homes and has been in use since the late 1800s. Viscose comes from trees, it is easy to produce and is a versatile fabric used for blouses, dresses, pants, skirts, and jackets.
What is Viscose?
Viscose is a semi-synthetic type of rayon fabric made from wood pulp that is used as a silk substitute, as it has a similar drape and smooth feel to the luxury material. The term “viscose” refers specifically to the solution of wood pulp that is turned into the fabric. Viscose was first produced in 1883 as a cheaper, easier to care for, alternative to silk.
What are the characteristics of Viscose?
Viscose is a great option if you’re looking for a lightweight material with a nice drape, a lustrous finish, and a soft feel. It is relatively inexpensive and can convey luxury for a much lower price point. It also blends well with other fibers like cotton, polyester, and spandex.
- Absorbent. Viscose rayon does not trap heat, but it also absorbs water and sweat nicely, making it great for t-shirts and athletic wear.
- Lightweight. Viscose is extremely airy, which makes it nice for blouses and summer dresses.
- Breathable. It’s a very light fabric that doesn’t stick to the body, so it’s optimal for warm weather clothing.
- Soft. While the material looks like silk, it feels like cotton.
- Maintains Shape. The fabric is not elastic but can be blended with other textiles, such as spandex, to add stretch.
- Dye fast. Viscose can hold dye without fading, even after long-term use and washes.
How to care for your Viscose items
When you wash your viscose dresses, always hand wash/machine wash in cold water. Use a mild detergent. Do not wring or squeeze the item so as not to stretch it. Rinse and shake out the water and hang it or lay it flat to dry. Washing in this way will ensure you get the best out of this fabric. Viscose can also be dry cleaned.
Make the most of this beautiful fabric when the weather heats up! Due to it's breathable nature it'll keep you cool when everyone else around you is sweating in their Polyester.
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