Rayon is made of natural fibers


Early Suede Fabric rayons were so weakened by water that even slight rubbing when washing could produce holes in the fabric.

Rayon is the generic name for a whole family of fabrics made by dissolving cellulose fibres in chemicals and extruding the resulting viscous solution.

Considered one of the oldest forms of synthetic fabric, rayon was originally developed in the late 1800s as an alternative to expensive silk fabric.

Rayon (also known as artificial silk) is made of natural fibers (wood pulp or cotton linters), but once it's been highly processed into cellulose, it's considered a synthetic, or semi-synthetic fabric.

Rayon takes dye quite well, and is therefore available in a wide array of popular colors and prints. It's static-free, resistant to moths and rarely pills.

Plus, rayon can be blended with other fibers (both synthetic and natural) to create interesting blends, such as the rayon/linen we'll talk about later.

For the budget conscience, it's also an economical choice.

Rayon was also mixed with wool and cotton to create blends that were often cheaper than either of those fabrics in their pure form, or simply to create new and exciting fashion blends.

Although advances in technology have helped with some of the negative aspects of rayon, you should be aware of these specific characteristics as well. Rayon ravels easily, which means you need to think about how a project's raw edges will be finished.

It can fade easily when exposed to light for long periods of time, wrinkles and shrinks easily, can melt under an incorrect iron setting, and will lose its shape if not laundered correctly.

Translation: when using rayon, you do need to take special care during the various steps in the sewing Fabric Manufacturer process.