All About Rayon
Confused about rayon? Rayon has come a long way!
Now present in many clothes due to its wearability, breathability and versatility, this natural fabric is an excellent choice.
In the clothing industry, it is the new cotton. Learn more about it and why you should wear it below!
Natural Yet Manufactured
Modal, bamboo, and rayon are all similar— natural yet manufactured fibers. Essentially, cellulose from trees goes through a chemical process to become that beautiful scarf you can wear! The process has come a long way from the past and is now an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way of creating a versatile fabric.
Rayon is softer and more moisture absorbent than cotton, so it is comfortable to wear and layer. It drapes well for a flattering fit too.
Compared to cotton and other fabrics, rayon is easy to dye and can be dyed in a greater array of vivid colours.
Your rayon clothes will look new for longer as the fabric is naturally pill-resistant and doesn’t build static or wrinkle easily.
Finally, rayon is a great choice for perimenopausal and menopausal women who generate a lot of body heat. The fabric doesn’t insulate you; your body can breathe and stay cooler.
Rayon Blends & Types
Rayon is often mixed with other fabrics to increase washing strength and maintain garment shape. Rayon and spandex is a popular combination that wears and washes well.
There are many types of rayon sources. Two common types are modal and bamboo. Modal rayon is made from the cellulose of beech trees and is especially soft. It also resists creasing, is very absorbent, and super breathable. Bamboo rayon is naturally antibacterial and antifungal-it doesn’t hold odours. Bamboo rayon has the added benefit of being UV-protective. Finally, it is one of the most eco-friendly options as bamboo grows quickly in a variety of climates and conditions.
Like all natural fibers, rayon clothes should always be washed in cold water and laid flat to air dry. If you put rayon items in the dryer, they will quickly lose their shape and elasticity. You also want to avoid hanging rayon on hangers to dry as it can lead to over-stretched clothes. When in doubt, check your clothing labels for care instructions or ask us for help.