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Tencel: A new fiber

Dec 11, 1999 - © Lili Pintea-Reed

Tencel: A new fiber by Lili Pintea-Reed
Tencel is a new fiber made in a process that is similar to the creation of rayon. As with rayon, cellulose cellulose, primarily from wood pulp, is used to make the fiber. Whether this creates a natural product is open to discussion.

The process involves dissolving wood pulp with a solvent which unlike the process for rayon or cupra, is a relatively non-toxic amine. The dissolved pulp is then forced through tiny holes called spinnerettes creating long, smooth, lusterous fibers much like silk in appearance and drape. It can be dyed to deep color.

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