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What is modal?

By Shirtspace | Jun 07, 2017


Among staples including cotton and polyester, the blank apparel industry is filled with a variety of other materials too. Of those materials, one that is becoming increasingly more popular is Modal. So, what is modal?


Modal is a type of rayon fabric that is made from the fibers of the beech tree. What is rayon? Rayon is fabric that is made of wood pulp from any tree, whereas modal is specifically created using beechwood. Despite being created from wood pulp fibers from trees, modal isn’t considered a totally natural fiber given that the wood pulp from the tree is heavily processed using a number of chemicals.


Oftentimes modal fabric is blended with cotton, spandex, and other fibers because it is very soft, resists creases, has a very smooth finish, and drapes well. Modal is absorbent yet breathable and holds dye easily resulting in really vibrant colors. Additionally, there is no dye bleeding when washed so that’s an added bonus and one less thing to worry about! In terms of shrinkage, modal is less resistant to shrinking than cotton so that’s something to be mindful of. But, it pills less than cotton, so add that to you your list of pros!


Modal is definitely a fabric worth checking out. It’s figure-flattering thanks to it’s draping qualities, has sought after softness that’s hard to beat, and is here to stay!


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