Modal is a material made from the processed cellulose of wood from renewable beech trees.
Modal is soft, smooth and breathes well. Unlike materials such as cotton, modal is very resistant to stretching, shrinking and pilling.
As a type of rayon, modal is known as a "cellulosic fiber", a fiber made of the natural material cellulose which is a component of plants. Modal in particular is known for it's high wet strength and incredible softness. High wet modulus modal was originally developed in Japan in 1951.
Care and Washing
Modal is about 50% more hygroscopic, or water-absorbent than cotton. It’s designed to dye just like cotton and is color-fast when washed in warm water. Even after repeated washing, modal remains absorbent, soft and supple. The colors in modal typically remain brilliant and strong. Graying, as with 100 % cotton textiles, does not occur.
The smooth surface characteristics of the modal fiber make it impossible for mineral deposits from water, such as lime scum, to be deposited on the textiles thus preventing fabric hardening after repeated washings. This “dry rigidity” in some fabrics is caused by the mineral incrustation on the fiber after repeated washing.