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Micromodal

Made from a special type of cellulose from European beech tree fibers, micromodal is a lightweight, breathable, and soft circular knitted fabric used to create a wide range of garments and other accessories.

Its name is a derivative of another artificial fiber, called modal. Both these circular knitted fabrics are renowned for being extremely soft. 

Likewise, modal and micromodal are the byproducts of the same chemical process, which involves cellulose obtained from the beech trees.

However, there is a big difference. The extent to which the cellulose is processed for the creation of micromodal is more comprehensive. Therefore, the size of the fibers differs from one another: micromodal fibers are smaller and thinner than its counterpart. 

Because of this, these are fibers widely used for circular knitted fabrics used in men's and women’s lingerie and other undergarments.

 

What is Micromodal?

Micromodal material is a type of artificial fiber used to knit circular knitted fabrics. In turn, the fibers are created from the cellulose obtained from the beech trees.

This type of circular knitted fabric is known for being luxurious and extremely lightweight, breathable, and soft to the touch. 

Its creation dates back to the end of the XX century and the end of the 1980s and is attributed to one of the biggest companies in the world: the Lenzing Group.

Also known for its high absorbency, yet quick-drying abilities, micromodal is also an excellent choice for all types of leisure, active, and swimwear. All put together, it’s no wonder this circular knitted fabric is grabbing so much attention from brands and consumers alike.

 

How is micromodal made?

There are several steps to consider regarding the process of how micromodal is made. Nevertheless, it all can be summed up into five simple steps:

  • The cellulose needed to create the fibers are first extracted from the beech trees to obtain the fibers in a complex process than then spun them into yarn;
  • The result is then knitted into a circular knitted fabric, using a circular knitting machine, purposely designed for the effect;
  • Then, the circular knitted fabric is dyed. After dying, it receives a special treatment designed to not only help keep its shape but also enhance its colors.
  • Quality Assurance inspection is what comes next for this circular knitted fabric. Upon passing the certified requirements, it is then cut and sewn;
  • Finally, the resulting garments are then washed and dried.

It is by following these steps that circular knitted fabrics made of micromodal retain their softness and breathability. All thanks to an innovative process developed almost 50 years ago.

Characteristics of the micromodal

When it comes to modal and micromodal, there are many characteristics to consider. 

We’ve already mentioned that it is lightweight, breathable, and soft. This is a truly unique combination of features that also gives it a luxurious feel, as well as an attractive drape.

Additionally, it is also incredibly easy to care for and can be machine-washed and air-dried with no shrinkage, since it is highly absorbent and quick drying.

When used in the creation of circular knitted fabrics, it’s very difficult to match their comfort and breathability.

In addition to lingerie and other activewear, this circular knitted fabric is also popular for bedding items and other household items. Particularly if they need to be washed regularly.

Micromodal is also considered to be highly durable, making it ideal for longer-lasting products. And to all these characteristics, one also needs to add versatility – the reason why it makes a great choice for anyone hoping to create comfortable and long-lasting items.

 

Types of Micromodal 

Besides modal and micromodal, there is one other type to consider, called micromodal air. 

As it happens with modal and micromodal, the Air modal subtype is a type of fiber that further processes the cellulose.

Remember they all share the same basic properties. The only difference is that the further processed the cellulose is, the thinner the fibers become. So even when modal is a lightweight circular knitted fabric, micromodal is lighter, and the Air type is lighter still.

 

The Benefits of Micromodal 

Made from a special type of cellulose derived from the beech tree, micromodal is quickly gaining popularity all around the world. 

Breathable, lightweight, and soft, its benefits are directly associated with its characteristics. 

One of the most versatile circular knitted fabrics, micromodal has a unique combination of properties that makes them an ideal choice for all types of garments, especially those that closely touch the skin, such as underwear and lingerie, or items that need regular washing, such as activewear.

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