Modal is one of the derivatives of Viscose termed as regenerated cellulose. Modal is also considered a type of rayon. Modal uses only beechwood, where rayon can be made of the wood pulp of a number of different trees. Like other types of rayon, it is originally marketed as "artificial silk". Modal is soft, smooth and breathes well. Its texture is similar to that of cotton or silk. It is cool to the touch and very absorbent. Like cotton, modal dyes easily and becomes color-fast after submersion in warm water.
One of the advantages of modal over cotton is its resistance to shrinkage, a critical problem with cotton. Modal is also less likely to fade or to form pills as a result of friction. Its smoothness also makes hard water deposits less likely to adhere to the surface, so the fabric stays soft through repeated washings.
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