and Technology Expanding List of Natural Fibers
AUBURN, March 29---Nature
and technology have joined forces to expand the list of natural
Tencelš is made from
the cellulose found in wood pulp, which is then processed in a
nonchemical manner using a recyclable nontoxic dissolving agent. The
result is a fiber that has the breathability and absorbency of a
natural fiber, along with the practical performance qualities of a
manufactured fiber, such as shape retention and wrinkle resistance.
Fabrics that use Tencelš , either alone or blended with other
fibers, are generally soft and drapable.
Tencelš has generated a
great deal of excitement in both the woven and knit fabric markets,
says Dr. Carol Centrallo, apparel and textile specialist with the
Alabama Cooperative Extension System. It is being used alone or
blended in a wide range of men's and women's garments, as well as
upholstery fabrics and home fashions, such as sheets and towels.
Knit manufacturers are
particularly excited by the fiber's ability to take color,
especially optic whites and deep blacks.
SOURCE: Dr. Carol
Centrallo, Extension Specialist, Apparel and Textile Management,
Alabama Cooperative Extension System (334) 844-1325