Technically viscose rayon, this fibre is derived from wood pulp or cotton linter, which in all respects is natural in origin. Its classification as an artificial fibre is the result of the harsh chemical processing involved in bringing the material from pulp to fibre.
Viscose blends easily with all other fibres, contributing an improved sheen and drape. It is crease resistant, absorbent and insulating, takes colour well and is economical to produce. Its drawbacks are flammability and a tendency to shrink when wet, loosing in elasticity and durability.
In furnishings it is best suited to linings.