(by heeyoon)

Lyocell is a manmade fiber derived from cellulose. Lyocell is created by a solvent spinning technique, and the cellulose undergoes no significant chemical change. There are high demands of lyocell in women’s apparel industry.

The main ingredient of lyocell is cellulose, a natural polymer found in the cells of all plants. The cellulose for lyocell manufacturing is derived from the pulp of hardwood trees. During the manufacturing process, the hardwood is broken down into chips and then fed into a vat of chemical digesters, which soften them into a wet pulp. The pulp is washed, bleached, and dried in a huge sheet that is rolled onto a giant spool.

The manufacture of lyocell produces no harmful byproducts and is significantly less toxic and wasteful than the manufacture of other cellulosic fibres. Lyocell fabrics are also naturally biodegradeable. Manufacturing lyocell is also environmentally because it requires less water and energy than other man-made fibres in the manufacturing process.

The fabric absorbs 50% more moisture than cotton does and evaporates the moisture fast. Due to softness, breathable quality, moisture management, and comfort, lyocell fabric is great for sensitive skin.

I think its only weakness is price. It is relatively expensive than other cellulosic fabrics.


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