Viscose rayon is generally made from wood. The word “viscose” represents any regenerated staple fiber. Initially called artificial silk, by 1924 the fiber was renamed “rayon” and improvements in the process brought viscose rayon to the market. As of 2011, in North America, all regenerated cellulose yarns are to be labeled “rayon” even though the different regenerated fibers do not have the same fiber characteristics. As the name implies, rayon was developed to provide a low-cost substitute for silk.
As such, it is generally seen to have luster, drape and an ability to accept dyes for deep rich colors. The usual end products for rayon are garments or fashion accessories. Many weavers use rayon for scarves, shawls, and clothing. Rayon is highly absorbent but takes longer to release the moisture than cotton or linen. Adding some rayon content to cotton or flax increases the luster and drape of such a blended yarn.