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What is "Tencel" - Definition & Explanation

A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength, and easy care.
A fabric made from the cellulose found in wood pulp which is processed into a silk-like, delicate fabric.
A trademark of Courtaulds for a high-performance fiber used to make soft, beautifully draping rayon fabrics. It is a strong, easy-care fabric made of cellulose extracted from wood pulp that is harvested from replenished tree farms. It's environmentally sensitive and washable. This elegant eco-fiber is derived using a non-toxic process, which spins it into a buttery-soft machine washable textile, both luxurious and upscale. Tencel is 100% biodegradable, durable, dyeable, and machine washable/dryable. It is elegant and ultra-soft, offering an incredible drape and versatility.
A fiber made from wood pulp. Tencel gives fabric a very soft, smooth and luxurious hand.
A new fiber from wood pulp processed in a non-chemical, environmentally safe way. Tencel gives color richness, a subtle luster, comfort, low shrinkage and good tear resistance.
This relatively new man-made fiber is very strong, has low shrinkage, and absorbs moisture. It is very soft, drapeable and has a smooth surface.
Lyocell is a fibre made from wood pulp cellulose. It was first manufactured in 1988 by Courtaulds Fibres UK at their pilot plant S25. The only current manufacturer in the United States is Lenzing Inc, who market it under the trademarked brand name Tencel®.

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