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Advantages and Disadvantages of Viscose

Advantages and Disadvantages of Viscose

Viscose is synonymous with rayon, and the name comes from the honey-like texture that occurs during the manufacturing process.

The main ingredient in viscose is wood pulp, making it hard to classify as either synthetic or natural. Though the wood pulp makes it natural, the manufacturing process (a very polluting one) is very much driven by man.


  • inexpensive
  • known for its silk-like feel
  • drapes beautifully
  • breathable, similar to cotton in this regard
  • ideal for those seeking a luxurious look and feel at a more economical price point
  • blends well with other fibers, particularly woven ones
  • dyes easily and produces beautiful, vivid colors

However, like any other fabric, viscose isn’t without its disadvantages.

  • almost always needs to be dry cleaned
  • manufacturing process is extremely polluting and harmful to the environment, classifying it as an unsustainable fabric despite being made of natural materials (wood)
  • prone to stretching and bagging and often doesn’t recover
  • fabric is weak, and even weaker when wet
  • not recommended for use in home furnishings (due to stretch factor listed above)
  • absorbs moisture, body oils, and water, which may result in spots
  • spot treating can lead to permanent marking