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Acetate Fabric - Fabriclore

Acetate Fabric

What is Acetate Fabric ? 

  • Acetate fabric is an affordable alternative to fancy fabrics, such as rayon and silk.
  • Acetate fabrics are made with spun filaments of cellulose taken from wood pulp.
  • Classified as a chemical fiber textile or semi-synthetic, acetate is sometimes mixed with silk, wool or cotton to make it stronger.
  • Acetate flakes are generated by a reaction of the wood pulp to a variety of acetic acids.
  • The flakes are dissolved in a solvent, and then passed through a spinneret as the solvent evaporates -to create the filaments used to construct the acetate fabric.

Green Acetate fabric

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  • Acetate fabric is considered the second-oldest fiber manufactured in the US, after rayon.
  • Acetate was initially used in France as a varnish to airplane wings. Then, in 1923, it was developed and turned into a fiber in the UK.
  • A year later, in 1924, it was developed for use as a fabric.
  • However, it was only mass-produced when chemists found a way to dye the fabric to make it more appealing.
  • At first, certain pollutants and fumes faded or discolored the fabric, but this was later remedied to enhance acetate fabric’s longevity.
  • Nonetheless, there are still some acetate fabrics that react when they get in contact with pollutants.

What Makes it Stand Out 

  • Quick drying fabric that resists shrinking
  • Moth and mildew resistant
  • Low static
  • High luster, elegant appearance and feel
  • Fabric doesn't pill.
  • It is very biodegradable
  • A myriad of colors and sheens
Texture   Smooth , silky
Fall  Drapes well
Shine  Luster
Sheer  Opaque


Applications & Usage 

  • Wedding dresses and other wedding ensembles, sportswear, men’s and women’s underwear, hats, suits, ties, sweaters, formal tops, coats, and many others.
  • Acetate fabric can also be used for furniture, furniture upholsteries, umbrellas, carpets, curtains, drapes, and other home decoration pieces that need this type of fabric.
  • This fabric is also used in cigarette filters to help get rid of nicotine and tar while smoking. 
Apparel  Yes
Home Decor   Yes
Accessories  Yes
Burgundy colour Acetate coat

Golden shade Acetate curtains

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Care Instructions 

  • Read the care tag to verify whether the acetate fabric is washable - some say "Dry Clean Only," while others may say "Do Not Dry Clean."
  • When it's washable, clean and rinse in cold water.
  • Do not put the fabric in the dryer, as it can melt.
  • If it has wrinkles – and the care tag agrees - iron it on the cool setting.
  • Perfume, certain chemical-based glues and nail polish removers can melt acetate, so keep these chemicals away from acetate or acetate-blend drapes, upholstery or furniture.

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