What is Modal Fabric?
Modal is a semi-synthetic yarn, made from the pulp of beech trees. Comfy, breathable and absorbent, modal has become a hugely popular material for underwear and activewear in recent decades.
Though we use it mainly as part of blends with cotton and other fibres, pure modal garments occupy their own niche, and are a popular alternative to pure cotton.
In terms of composition, modal is very similar to another common semi-synthetic fibre, viscose rayon, which is also derived from the cellulose of wood pulp. Modal was first invented in Japan in 1951 as an alternative to viscose production. This new yarn eliminated a lot of the industrial waste produced when manufacturing older forms of rayon, but also resulted in a better end product.
Modal is more lightweight, flexible, and breathable than its fully synthetic counterparts, which is a big part of why it’s become such a popular choice for activewear companies. Its moisture wicking properties have also made it a popular choice for bedding.