Alex Capshaw-Taylor:

Viscose origin

  • 1[mass noun] A viscous orange-brown solution obtained by treating cellulose with sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide, used as the basis of manufacturing rayon fibre and transparent cellulose film.

  • ‘The first step in the manufacture of rayon is to make viscose.’
    1. 1.1 Rayon fabric or fibre made from viscose:

      ‘rugs made from tough viscose and cotton’

    2. ‘New ‘technical’ indoor fitness clothes, featuring viscose fabric with two-way extra stretch, make up the Instructor Line developed for women fitness-instructors.’
    3. ‘The chemical is used in the production of textiles such as rayon and viscose.’
    4. ‘There are lots of satin and technical fabrics which include silk jersey, duchess satin, silk satin, parachute silk, viscose organza, silk twill, cotton canvas and taffeta.’
    5. ‘Some people would clearly look far better and be far more comfortable if they were not encumbered by crimplene trousers, nylon tops and viscose thongs.’
    6. ‘Prints in black and white or black and cream will be very strong in 2004 and this scheme translates well into other mood designs such as ethnic prints on various fabrics like crêpes, seersucker, sheers, viscose georgette and satin.’
    7. ‘He tried coating the cloth with a thin sheet of viscose film.’
    8. ‘Today, only viscose rayon is being produced in the U.S.’
    9. ‘There was a bit of a '70s theme, but the main connections in these pieces were the fitted waists, and fabrications of silk and viscose.’
    10. ‘The print division of France-based Komar highlighted viscose georgette in its signature geometric scarf prints.’
    11. ‘They included a paper-touch cotton batiste; cotton poplin with a water-repellent finish; and sheers in blends of viscose and nylon.’
    12. ‘There is printed floral viscose in rose, violet or tulip.’
    13. ‘The zippers on Lenina's spare pair of viscose velveteen shorts were at first a puzzle, then solved, a delight.’
    14. ‘Also very summery are the whitewashed pastel cotton pants, bold cotton stripes and abstract floral prints and pinstripes on denim, cotton satin and viscose stretch fabrics.’
    15. ‘The kurtis in cotton, lycra, viscose georgette, linen embellished with delicate embroidery, sequined tops in white, black, red, beige and pastel shades look simple but hep.’
    16. ‘The Dressman is suitable for shirts made from silk, viscose, cotton, linen, flannel and all other non-stretch materials.’
    17. ‘I don't know where that original rayon was produced, but the American rayon was manufactured by the American Viscose Company, hence the name viscose often used interchangeably with rayon.’
    18. ‘And as mentioned previously, the firm also offered linen / viscose jacquards with cut, floating yarns.’
    19. ‘Most of the garments were made of viscose fabric base, bio-degradable and 100 per cent shrinkage free.’
    20. ‘In order to create depth in the image, she selected a very finely woven silk viscose mix for the fabric and used the Devore printing process.’
    21. ‘Expertly based on simple, smooth, sculptural lines, exploring colour by layering and integrating silk and viscose, adding another textural element to her work.’


    Late 19th century: from late Latin viscosus, from Latin viscus birdlime.



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