Viscose, otherwise known as Rayon in the USA, is a type of artificial silk that dates back to the late 19th century.
The name Viscose was born from the “viscous” organic liquid used to make the material. Viscose is a manufactured regenerated cellulose fibre, which means it’s not 100% natural (like wook or real silk) or completely synthetic (like polyester). It sits somewhere in the middle!
This inexpensive yet luxurious material has a great deal of benefits, including: it’s soft silk-like feel, it’s ability to drape extremely well, it dyes easily resulting in beautiful colouring and it blends fantastically with other types of fibres.
All of these fantastic advantages make viscose / rayon fabric an extremely popular option for dressmaking and home furnishings!
Viscose is a versatile fabric, often known as artificial silk. It can mainly be found in jacket linings, activewear, t-shirts, dresses and tunics. You can find viscose / rayon in more items than you’d imagine, because it is often blended with other fibers such as cotton and polyester to boost softness and durability.