Acetate fabrics are made with spun filaments of cellulose taken from wood pulp. Classified as a chemical fiber textile or semi-synthetic, acetate is sometimes mixed with polyester, silk, wool or cotton to make it stronger. Acetate flakes are generated by a reaction of the wood pulp to a variety of acetic acids. The flakes are dissolved in a solvent, and then passed through a spinneret — as the solvent evaporates — to create the filaments used to construct the acetate fabric.
Acetate filament yarns are referred to as “Fibers of Beauty”, because they have luster and tactile feeling as silk fibers. Acetate filament yarns are same as rayon fibers in those points that pulp is used as main raw material However acetic acid is reacted chemically, thus, acetate filament yarns have characteristics of both vegetable fibers and synthetic fibers.
Acetate fibers are frequently used for women’s dresses and exhibits their beauty in the form of women’s formal wear, suits, coats or knitwears.
Characteristics of Acetate
- Acetate fibers is lighter than that of cotton, viscose, cupro ammoni rayon fibers and nearly equal to that of wool fibers. Acetate fibers have bulky fabric hand and rich feeling.
- Acetate filament yarns have luster and tactile feeling as silk fibers. In addition, they have an excellent colors development.
- Acetate fibers have optimal moisture absorption, warmth retention and elasticity
- Acetate fibers are used for pleat skirts thanks to the thermo-plasticity
Among others, acetate yarns give to their fabrics the following characteristics Natural luxury Silky feel
- Elegant drape
- Colour fastness and brightness
- Cross dyeing capacity
- Dimensional stability
What's Good About Acetate Fabrics
- Acetate fabrics drape well and have a smooth silky feel.
- Acetate fabrics are available in many colors and prints.
- Acetate fabrics have a high luster and reflect light to produce a shiny finish.
- Acetate fabrics do not pill, produce little static
- Acetate fabrics are insect and mildew resistant.
- Acetate linings are absorbent, less sticky, and, less damp. ~ It is an eco-friendly fabric since it is made from wood pulp.
- Since it is a versatile fabric, it is used to make women’s nightgowns, formal wear, coats, blouses sweater, Japanese dresses accessories, and scarves. ~ It is also utilized to produce curtains, blankets, draperies and, bed sheets.