Rayon is a manufactured cellulose fiber that is made from plant-based materials. In general, rayon is made with a solvent spun process that includes dissolving wood pulp into cellulose solution, metering through a spinneret, and dipping it into an acid bath. Acetate, bamboo, lyocell, modal, and viscose are all considered as rayon family. In Europe, rayon was used interchangeably with viscose since they are usually made with the same process. In general, manufactured cellulose fiber is less durable than synthetic fiber. However, the manufactured cellulose fiber has the potential to be engineered as a performance fiber depending on the application. Rayon is often blended with synthetic fibers to increase the strength and keep the luxe feel for use as upholstery, wallcoverings, and carpet applications. Rayon is also commonly used in apparel industry since it is soft to the skin, lightweight, breathable, and lustrous.

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