What is Modal Fabric?
Your quick reference guide to learning everything you need to know about modal fabric:
Modal Fabric is best described as a semi-synthetic bio-based fabric derived from the spinning of cellulose extracted from beech tree pulp. Originally developed in Japan in the 1950s, modal fabric is considerably lighter than most fabrics, and has higher elasticity leading to a refreshing, breathable feel. Furthermore, it does not trap perspiration and odors, so you stay fresh and clean all day long. Modal is extremely soft to the touch, and is mostly used in household items such as pillows and towels, and sleepwear such as pajamas or even underwear. If you are looking for a softer, sturdier, or even higher quality luxury fabric, Modal Fabric may be fitting for you.
Why Modal Fabric?
Even though it is costlier, there are many benefits to utilizing modal as an alternative to cotton and other types of rayon. For one thing, modal is considered to be eco friendly, as beech trees require almost 10-20 times less water in order to grow than cotton does; the fabric is also 50% more absorbent than cotton, which results in the original color staying intact even after the laundering process. It is also a bio-based fabric, meaning it is extremely durable although made with renewable and safe materials. Likewise, modal fabrics are also considered environmentally sustainable as they can be repurposed/recycled at the end of the textile life cycle, which leads to less overall waste. Moreover, modal fabric can eventually be a partial solution for the problem of textile waste, especially in the case of fast fashion. Because the fabric itself is durable, it does not lose its shape or finish when thrown in the wash, and even though it is an alternative to cotton, it will experience little to no shrink after drying; It is also wrinkle resistant.
More about Modal fabric:
Even though modal comes from plant-based cellulose fibers, it is still soaked in chemicals such as sodium hydroxide during the production process. As a result, modal is considered a semi-synthetic fiber rather than natural. Additionally, Modal fabric can also be blended with other fibers such as cotton and spandex to increase the elasticity and overall strength.
Written by Nate Wolfe