Modal fabric is a semi-synthetic fabric made from beechwood tree pulp that is broken down into a type of viscose, while bamboo is made from the semi-synthetic viscose cellulose fibres extracted from bamboo fibres. Modal is a form of rayon, another plant-based textile, though it is slightly more durable and flexible than the standard version. Modal is considered a luxurious textile thanks to both its soft feel and high cost, as it is more expensive than either cotton or viscose. 

Modal is similar to semi-synthetic viscose (most commonly made from bamboo) and lyocell (most commonly made from eucalyptus).

The differences between viscose, modal and lyocell are subtle. It comes down to the manufacturing process and structure of the filament. Viscose and modal are made using a very similar process with similar chemicals used at each stage of production. Viscose production has been continuously refined over the past 100 years to make a textile which is soft yet easy-care. However, modal fibres are treated slightly differently after spinning to make the filaments stronger. For example, the fibres are also stretched to increase molecular alignment. This means that modal fibres have the potential to be lighter and finer and can be tumble dried without damage. Other than that viscose and modal are similar products.

We suggest you follow the care instructions specific to the yarn you are using and when in doubt hand wash in tepid water using a mild soap. Do not agitate or twist. Lay garment flat on a towel and roll it up like a sleeping bag.  You can let that sit from 15 minutes to the following day to ensure the towel wicks out as much moisture as possible.  Then unroll, place on a clean, dry towel, shape and dry flat.

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