Design & Style

Fabric Guide: What Is Viscose? Understanding Viscose Fabric and How Viscose Is Made

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Jan 29, 2022 • 4 min read

Soft and lightweight, viscose fabric is a fixture of many wardrobes and homes and has been in use since the late 1800s. Viscose comes from trees, but it is not as environmentally sound as other types of rayon, such as modal, because the production process uses high concentrations of chemicals. Viscose is cheap to produce and is a versatile fabric used for clothing items such as blouses, dresses, and jackets, and around the home in carpets and upholstery.