Viscose fabric is made from cellulose extracted from the bark, wood or leaves of the tree.
It is usually made from bamboo, pine or eucalyptus, but it can also be made from more unique plant products such as corn husks, citrus by-products, and sugarcane.
Once these raw materials are collected, they are sent to a manufacturer to be broken down and spun in a chemical-intensive process. So while viscose is made from a natural material, it is a heavily processed fabric.
Viscose is most often used for making clothes (especially sunglasses and active clothing), but you’ll also find it in home textiles.
The finished material tends to be super soft, breathable, durable, hygroscopic, and holds color well. It is also relatively affordable (viscose was actually created to be a cheaper alternative to silk in the early 20th century). As it blends well, you’ll often find it blended with materials like cotton, polyester and hemp to add softness to the garment.