Acetate Fiber & Fabric
Two Swiss brothers, Dr.Camille and Dr.Henri Dreyfus, In 1905, invented a commercial process to manufacture cellulose acetate.
Acetate is a valuable man-made luxurious feeling fiber. Blended with other fibers, it adds more beauty and luster to a fabric. It drapes well and is seldom used in fabrics such as satins, taffeta's and brocade to accentuate luster, drape and beauty. It dyes in brilliant colors. Avoid wringing, only drip dry and use a cool iron.
- Due to its good hydrophilic nature it wets easily. The fabric provides comfort and absorbency, but loses strength when wet. Therefore, needs to be handled gently and carefully.
- It offers only a fair resistance to sunlight.
- It easily weakens by strong alkaline solutions and strong oxidizing agents.
- It can be wet cleaned or dry cleaned and generally does not shrink.
Apparel industry acetate fiber usage includes: linings, dresses, party attire, home furnishings, draperies, slip covers and upholstery.