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What is Modal & Micromodal

November 11, 2015 2 min read

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You may have come across this wonderful fabric and wanted to learn more about it.

So what is Modal and MicroModal?

The two are very closely-knit (pun intended) the only difference being the fineness of the fibers produced with MicroModal being finer in comparison to Modal. Both are classified as rayons, which is fibre made from regenerated cellulose (viscose).

Swiss chemist Georges Audemars first developed rayon as early as 1855. Today there are many different types of rayon, all of them use a chemical solvent to dissolve cellulose from (bamboo, cotton lint, wood pulp, etc) into a sticky goo like substance, which is then extruded into fibers and spun into yarns. Modal and Micromodal are typically made from beech wood and depending on the type of application rayon can be engineered to perform better than cotton.

Micromodal is extremely soft and silky in feel, it's more hydroscopic and can take dyes readily making it very colorfast maintaining its vibrant colour/s longer than cotton and unlike polyester is breathable making it ideal for clothing.

Austrian based company Lenzing® is one of the world's leading producers of rayon including Modal and Micromodal. Known for it's luxurious softness and feel, it's not as commonly used in undergarments compared to other types of fibres due to its high costs and misconception that it's not as robust as cotton due to its delicacy or tendency for pilling which is not always the case.

That's why we choose only the finest producers of fabrics Lenzing® for our garments, our customers rely on our products for unmatched quality so we are very particular about each and every ingredient we put in. Because we believe the resulting product is even greater than the sum of its parts.