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Distinguish between modal and lycra fabrics

Nowadays, many people choose modal fabric when they choose underwear, because the underwear of this material is soft, elastic and comfortable to wear. However, there are many misunderstandings in the cognition of this kind of fabric. Many people think that modal is a kind of name of cotton and lycra. In fact, lycra and modal are two different fibers with different characteristics.

Modal common sense

Modal is a cellulose regenerated fiber with high wet modulus developed by Lenzing (Austria) company. The raw material of the fiber is European beech wood, which is first made into wood pulp, and then processed into fiber through special spinning process. The raw materials of this product are all natural materials, harmless to human body, and can be naturally decomposed, harmless to the environment. There is no pollution in the whole process of fiber production.

The dry strength of modal fiber is close to that of polyester, and the wet strength is much higher than that of ordinary viscose. The luster, softness, moisture absorption, dyeing property and color fastness of modal fiber are all better than pure cotton products. The fabric shows a silky sheen with a pleasant soft touch and draping and excellent durability.

Lycra common sense explanation

Lycra is a very fashionable word. It is a trademark of the American company dupont for its elastic fiber. In fact, lycra is a trade name for invista, a former dupont subsidiary that Koch industries bought for $4.4 billion in 2004. It is a kind of man-made elastic fiber with petroleum as raw material, which can be freely stretched 4-5 times, and rapidly restore the original length after the release of external force. It can be interwoven with any man-made fiber or natural fiber, but cannot be used alone.

It has completely replaced the traditional elastic elastic thread, in the shapewear, gym clothes, swimming suits, these have special requirements of clothing, lycra is almost an essential element. It allows you to show your curves and the gel to stretch without feeling overwhelmed. Not only is lycra versatile for everyday wear, it's also the pet in a fashion designer's kaleidoscope of popular creations. For this reason lycra was once called the magical fiber by the ecstatic.

After reading the above introduction, it may be easy for people to confuse the two. Here are the differences between them:


1. Both can be blended with other fibers, such as cotton, hemp and silk, to improve the quality of these fabrics and keep them soft and smooth.

2, both have great elasticity, not only wear comfortable but also close-fitting, have a good slimming effect.


1. Modal can be made into clothes separately, while lycra must be blended with other fibers.

2. According to their own characteristics, modal is more suitable for underwear fabric than lycra, because it is softer, breathable, close-fitting and 100% natural.

3. The flexibility of lycra is better than that of modal, which is the reason why lycra is not as soft as modal. Because this lai card is used at model body underwear more, gymnastics is taken, the garment with stronger model sex such as swimsuit.

After looking at the above comparison, you should know that modal and lycra are two totally different fabrics and have nothing to do with each other. Many people think modal is pure cotton and lycra is totally wrong.