Fabrics come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, weights and constructions. They can be natural, synthetic or even manufactured. Today, we will discover the various types of regenerated fibres & their properties.
Some types of fibres are treated and re-produced for a specific purpose. Fibres such as Viscose & Rayon are produced after processing various natural polymers. These kinds of regenerated fibres are similar to cotton fibres. They are made using cellulose-based fibres that are derived from plant materials such as wood pulp. Some specific types of chemicals are used to extract the fibre from the plant materials. Thus making regenerated fibres and regenerated yarns are part artificial and part natural.
The first man-made fibres were produced using polymers derived from its natural origins. To be precise, they were made with cellulose which is commonly found in large quantities sourced from raw materials of the vegetable world.
Cellulose makes up the living cells in all vegetation. Cellulose is at the centre of every carbon cycle, and one of the most abundant and renewable biopolymers to be found on planet Earth.
Some Interesting Facts About Cellulose:
- Cellulose is a polymer that is abundantly found in nature.
- They are so abundant that they can be found in wood, paper and even cotton. It is an excellent fibre.
- Cellulose is made up of repeat units of monomer glucose.
- The common three types of regenerated cellulosic fibre are rayon (viscose), acetate and triacetate – all of which found in cell walls of cotton liners.
Different Types of Regenerated Fabrics
- Just as many other synthetic fibres have many textures, regenerated yarns also can be filament and become a staple.
- According to the most recent of developments in regenerated fibres – it is seen as an environmentally friendly fabric that is also categorized as GRS-GLobal recycle standard materials. As a result of this, the regenerated yarn and fabric is considered as one of the lowest carbon footprint emitting one among other synthetic fabrics.
- These regenerated fabrics make use of low energy and closed-loop processes wherein all the waste material generated during production is reused in the production process.
- Regenerated fibres such as acetate and triacetate are also known or classified as a cheap alternative to silk owing to their lustrous and elegant drape look.
- They are also made, so they are fully recyclable and also biodegradable.
- They have a minimum amount of shrinkage to the fabric.
- It also has high absorbency for suitable quality dyes, making it extremely popular among blended regenerated fibre.
- Another popular fibre, Lyocell, is often used as a non-woven fabric for making wipes and swabs and also for making disposable gowns for medical staff at hospitals.
The Various Properties of Regenerated Fibres
Regenerated fabric is now commonly used in making knitting yarn, weaving yarn, melange yarn and is derived from a plant-based source, giving it any good properties common to the cotton fabric. They are:
- Highly Absorbent
- Safe for Wash
- Soft to touch
- Smooth in texture
- Extremely comfortable to wear
- Holds a good drape
- Breathable fabric
The Many Uses of Regenerated Fabrics
Regenerated fabric and yarn can be used in making various clothing as they have an excellent finish and texture, making them extremely comfortable to wear. They are used in making fashion clothing lingeries, and even ribbons. These blended yarns are perfect materials that will soon take over the market owing to their beautiful properties mentioned above.