Viscose: stretches or not

This material, depending on the thickness of the fibers, may be similar in appearance and properties to such fabrics as cotton, linen, silk, wool. Without the addition of certain substances at the production stage, the fabric is fragile and wrinkles. In its pure form, viscose is not stretched.


Viscose is a material having a 100% natural composition. Since it is obtained artificially from shredded wood, it is artificial, but not synthetic! By its characteristics, the material is closer to cotton and makes it tangible competition.


Modal . Used for sewing clothes and bedding. May contain cotton fibers to increase strength. It is made from wood pulp.

Tensel. From it sew clothes, textile accessories for the home. It is soft and pleasant to the touch, very similar to cotton. Made from eucalyptus.

Cupra . The fabric is similar to natural silk. This is the highest quality and most expensive variety of viscose. It is made on the basis of cellulose from cotton. It is used for tailoring elegant clothes.

Acetate. Reminds silk. Most often used for the manufacture of lining fabric. It has specific features: it absorbs moisture poorly, does not crease, is resistant to deformation, dries quickly.

Reference. Yarn and non-woven fabrics are obtained from staple viscose fiber. Yarn is used for the manufacture of fabrics, including knitted. The resulting materials have improved hygienic and heat-shielding properties, are more comfortable to the body, have a lower luster. Fabrics for warm clothes, faux fur, and carpets are made on the basis of staple fiber.

Viscose in the form of knitted fabric stretches very well! But this is not due to the elasticity of the fibers, but due to their interweaving.

Viscose fabric is stretchable by only 2-3%. But if 5% elastane is added to its composition, it becomes elastic!

Operational properties

Viscose is unique both in its many faces and in its exceptional qualities.

Positive properties:

High hygroscopicity. Able to absorb twice as much moisture as cotton.

Excellent breathability. Clothing made from this breathable material is especially comfortable in summer.

Environmental friendliness. During production and disposal, the fabric does not emit harmful substances and is safe for the environment.

Pleasant to the touch, does not irritate the skin. Therefore, underwear is often sewn from it.

Does not accumulate static electricity. Excellent appearance of products made from viscose.

Important! Viscose is hypoallergenic. It does not cause allergic reactions, even in people prone to them.


Wear out relatively quickly. Its abrasion resistance is lower than that of cotton.

Low wet strength. When wet, 40% of the strength is lost.


Important! Without careful care of things, they quickly lose shape.

Therefore, to improve performance characteristics, natural (cotton, linen, silk, wool) or synthetic fibers are often added to the composition of viscose.

Proper care

The only significant drawback of this unique matter is that it substantially loses strength when wet. Based on this property, a guide to the care of things from viscose follows:

Recommended gentle washing in manual mode.

Use neutral detergents. Give preference to washing gels. They act more gently on tissue fibers and are better rinsed out.

The temperature regime for washing is 30-40 ºС.

If machine washable, select the most gentle mode (for wool, silk or hand wash). Spin is better to exclude or use the lowest possible speed. Do not dry the viscose in the drum of the machine, if there is such a function. This will lead to a reduction in service life and severe shrinkage.

Do not squeeze the products much, because wet tissue is sensitive to mechanical stress. It is better to wrap a thing in a terry towel, squeeze it slightly and hang it to dry on a coat hanger or lay it out on a horizontal plane.

Protect dyed fabric from direct sunlight during drying and storage so that it does not fade.

If, during drying, neatly straighten all the folds, then ironing may not be necessary. If you still need ironing, do not wet the material with steam from the iron or in any other way. Rayon is perfectly ironed without moisture in the regulator mode of iron II. If you iron with steam, then the thing will lose its shape and serve less.

From this video you will learn what viscose is and what its composition is:

This unique material has firmly entered our lives in the form of clothing and household textiles. Due to the fact that its manufacture is possible even from wood waste, it helps to preserve our natural resources. Viscose products are very comfortable to use!