LifestyleEmergence of 'ecological silk': How the fashion industry is embracing versatile viscose

Emergence of 'ecological silk': How the fashion industry is embracing versatile viscose

Viscose is also known as "eco-silk". 
Viscose is also known as "eco-silk". Instagram/streetrends
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8:22 AM EST, January 29, 2024, updated: 4:41 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Though it's classified in the group of artificial materials, viscose is fabricated from natural raw materials, which justifies its labeling as a natural-derived material. Its ability to imitate luxurious shiny silk and a substantial sweater material sharply emphasizes its versatility. This quality is primarily due to the possibility of molding its structure.

Understanding viscose as a material

Viscose, also known by the English name "rayon," is a material derived from plants, and manufactured through chemical cellulose processing. In this production process, primarily trees like beech, pine, and spruce are used.

The viscose material bridges the gap between synthetic and natural products. Though its raw materials like wood pulp are naturally found, the complex chemical and technological processes used in cellulose processing mark its attribute as a synthetic material.

The benefits of viscose as a material

Viscose's organic derivation attributes it with properties similar to flax, wool, and cotton. Its softness, and the pleasant feeling it imparts to the touch, highlights some of the many advantages of viscose. Additionally, it breathes quite well, maintaining an optimal temperature and providing comfort. Its material structure is diverse, ranging from warm and matte to cold, smooth, and shiny, due to its plasticity and the ability to absorb excess moisture.

Textiles constructed from viscose fibers are safe for individuals with allergies, as they don't cause undesirable skin reactions. As an environmental-friendly product, viscose is renewable and doesn't harm the environment, earning it recognition as a high-quality material that combines aesthetic and practical aspects.

Viscose is characterized by its ability to blend with other fibers such as polyester, flax, or cotton, allowing for a versatile wardrobe based on clothing type or seasonal changes.

Is viscose a fabric or a knit?

The viscose material can be crafted into both stretchy and non-stretchy textiles. Shop displays regularly feature clothes made from both viscose fabric and knits with varied thread weave patterns.

Clothes made with a right-angle weave are less likely to deform. They are light-weight, breathable, and delicate, making them ideal for spring and summer. They mimic shiny satin, silk, or matte cotton's appearance. The flowing form viscose adopts makes it a perfect fabric for shirts and dresses.

Viscose fabric-based clothing has more market presence, but during autumn and winter, clothing collections made from viscose knits gain recognition. Given their flexible and adaptable nature due to intertwined threads, they are perfect for sweaters with a fluffy and warm feel.

How to care for viscose clothes?

Although viscose garments require more care than synthetics, they make up for it with their elegance and unique softness. Do keep in mind, however, that this material tends to deform and stretch, especially when wet.

Sweaters made of viscose are best hand-washed in lukewarm water. They should not be wrung out; instead, gently squeeze out excess water. For drying, it's recommended to lay the garment flat on a towel to retain its perfect form.

Given that viscose fibers stretch easily, avoid using hangers and instead store folded clothes on a closet shelf. Ironing is a breeze with viscose, though it's recommended to do so on the wrong side and at a temperature not exceeding 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Why viscose is preferred for summer

Given that viscose garments often sport a lightweight and airy structure, they are irreplaceable in the warm season. The comfort and fluidity of viscose makes it an ideal choice for flowing maxi dresses, loose slip dresses, oversized shirts, tunics, kimonos, palazzo pants, culottes, skirts, and even bathrobes. It is sure to be appreciated by lovers of high-quality materials, boho style, and comfort.

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