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Viscose is an artificially manufactured fiber based on the natural raw material cellulose, which is extracted from, among other things, wood pulp. In the past, the name rayon was also used for this “artificial silk”. The technique was invented by the chemist Count Hilaire de Chardonnet, after the French silk industry was hit around 1860 by a disease that affected the silkworm. The large artificial silk factories that were created at that time are now almost all closed again and production has moved to low-wage countries. Our viscose is for example manufactured in China.

Artificial silk for beautiful gloss effects

Viscose is actually an outdated synthetic fiber, which in the textile industry has in many cases been replaced by more modern synthetic fibers made of synthetic materials. But for achieving beautiful gloss effects by felting viscose or spinning along with wool, this material is ideally suited. It absorbs good water and felt easily. Viscose then provides a beautiful shine and interesting structures.

Silk or viscose?

Viscose is a lot cheaper than real silk. It is also animal-friendly, but not nalways more environmentally friendly. This is because harmful substances are often used in production. On the other hand, viscose does not contribute to the plastic soup. You distinguish viscose from real silk by means of a fire test. Silk burns very poorly and lit fibers extinguish quickly, while viscose burns up quickly.