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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®.

Some other terms

Some more terms:

French for 'cushioned or padded' and is made on a jacquard or dobby loom, in double cloth weave. This term refers to the type of weave. It is a triple-woven medium to heavyweight luxury fabric fabric...
A non-metallic mineral fiber which is not flammable. The fiber is woven into fabrics and used for theater curtains, ironing board covers, potholders, and other cloths where flameproof and heatproof...
A finishing process in which the fibers on the surface of the fabric are mechanically trimmed to create an even nap. Often follows brushing of the fabric. Done on fleeces, moleskins, pile fabrics,...
Shaded or directional design that requires all parts of the garment to be cut in the same direction. May result from the print or weave of the fabric or the way the fabric is made. Velvet,...
A sheer, woven, mercerized fabric of combed cotton or polyester/cotton resembling nainsook, only finer, with a lengthwise streak. A rayon fabric decorated with dobby woven stripes and jacquard...

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