Rayon is a versatile fiber and is widely claimed to have the same comfort properties as natural fibers, although the drape and slipperiness of rayon textiles are often more like nylon. It can imitate the feel and texture of silk, wool, cotton and linen. The fibers are easily dyed in a wide range of colors. Rayon has many properties similar to cotton and can also be made to resemble silk. Readily penetrated by water, the fibre swells and loses strength when wet. The discovery of this fabric dates back to 1924, when it was finally renamed ‘rayon’ from artificial silk. It is also the first semi-artificial fabric crafted by man.
Modal is a type of rayon and is used alone or with other fibers (often cotton or spandex) in clothing and household items. It is definitely a fabric worth checking out. It’s figure-flattering thanks to it’s draping qualities, has sought after softness that’s hard to beat, and is here to stay! It is blended with cotton, spandex, and other fibers because it is very soft, resists creases, has a very smooth finish, and drapes well. Modal is absorbent yet breathable and holds dye easily resulting in really vibrant colors.