Sunday, September 23, 2012


By 1993 fibrillation was firmly established as the unique selling point for Tencel in apparel thanks to the Japanese development of enzyme treatment which dissolved the outer "cuticle" of the fibre and allowed the microfibre structure to be raised in finishing.  The resulting peach-skin texture was highly fashionable and the demand for Tencel led to the new Mobile plant rapidly reaching capacity,

Courtaulds' new cellulosic fibre Tencel exhibits properties superior to those of existing man-made cellulosics and is made by an environmentally compatible solvent spinning process. Of highly crystalline composition Tencel shows high dry and wet strength and has a high modulus. The concept of Tencel is completely different from that of viscose fibres, reflecting the innovative employment of enzymes to change the character of fabrics. The fibrillating character of the fibre can be exploited to create different aesthetics. Indigo dyeing represents just one example of the creation of a totally new fabric type based on Tencel's unique properties.

Cole D., Paper presented at 32nd International Man-Made Fibres Congress held at Dorubirn, Austria, 22-24 Sept. 1993, no. 62, 9pp [Vienna, Austria: Osterreichisches Chemiefaser-Institut, 1993]

The full paper is available here

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