My Favorite New Material Find


This toxic political situation has garnished way too much of my attention, so much so, that I have wanted to share this information since I discovered it at the beginning of the summer, but as always, better late than never.

In the old days, I would go to great lengths to obtain any piece of clothing that has made of hemp. It started at the Lilith Fair where I purchased the nicest jumper I have ever owned- until this year. You may not be familiar with hemp used in clothing but you are most certainly familiar with rayon, a cellulosic fiber derived from wood pulp since 1938. It usually has a high luster quality, giving it a bright shine, some comparing it’s feel to silk.

My new favorite fabric is Modal, the second generation of rayon. Modal is a high wet modulus rayon, which has virtually the same properties as regular rayon plus high wet strength and extra softness, making it especially useful for body contact clothing such as lingerie and undergarments. This is how I am enjoying it- in both my favorite new pjs and yoga tops.

Modal is wear resistant and can be machine washed and tumble dried without shrinking or getting pulled out of shape. It performs much like cotton and can be mercerized for increased strength and luster. Modal is about fifty percent more water-absorbent per unit volume than cotton. It’s designed to dye just like cotton and is color-fast when washed in warm water. Textiles made from modal are resistant to shrinkage, fading and graying. Check it out- probably on sale at your local Macys!

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