Cellulose acetate yarns can be used in almost any apparel fabric, from fluid jersey to luxurious velvets, however they are most popular in apparel linings. Acetate yarns can be twisted, woven, or knitted. Acetate fabrics are resistant to shrinkage and creasing. They can be permanently pleated and given a moiré effect. Dyed or printed fabrics made with acetate yield remarkably lively colors.

Fabrics made with acetate possess many attractive qualities including:

  • Silky texture
  • Comfort
  • Dye-fastness
  • Antistatic properties
  • Moisture-wicking/breathability
  • Vibrant shine and luster
  • Elegant drape
  • Biodegradability
  • Cross-dyeing capacity
  • Dimensional stability

 Characteristics of filament

 Natural and renewable

  • A major acetate raw material is wood pulp;
  • Wood pulp is a renewable resource grown in closely managed wood pulp forests;
  • Wood pulp harvesting is performed using environmentally friendly methods;
  • Reforestation programs ensure sustainable supply of cellulose pulp to the industry;
  • Cellulose acetate fiber has been shown to be degradable and can be composted or incinerated.



  • The acetone used in the manufacturing process can be recovered (up to 95%–98%),
  • Acetone is a biodegradable solvent.

Eco-sensitive consumers

  • Prefer to wear fabrics from renewable sources such as those used in acetate production.


Comfort study

The Global Acetate Manufacturers Association is pleased to share the results of a series of comparative tests aimed at analyzing the comfort characteristics of acetate versus polyester linings.

A scientific Comfort Study was completed by the Institute of Environment Research, at Kansas State University, USA, and represents scientific proof that acetate linings are perceived as more comfortable-less sticky, nonabsorbent, less clammy, and less damp-than polyester linings.

Objective of comfort study
To determine the perceived difference in the comfort between acetate and polyester linings.


  • 5 polyester & 5 acetate lining fabrics sewn into 5 women’s coats;
  • 120 sets of observations made (24 female subjects x 5 identical women’s garments);
  • Participants were monitored for 1 hour in a chamber controlled to 87°F (30.5°C), 50% RH;
  • At 30 min & at 1 hour, participants rated the jacket using the following descriptors: heavy, sticky, non-absorbent, clammy, damp, and clingy.


Coats lined with fabrics of acetate were perceived as:

  • Considerably more comfortable than identical coats lined with polyester linings;
  • Less sticky, less clammy, less damp. That is why the coats with acetate linings were perceived to have better moisture transfer than coats lined with polyester linings;
  • Being lighter in weight than polyester linings even though the acetate linings were in fact heavier in weight than the polyester linings.

Summary findings

> Comfort Study – Chapter 1 (pdf)
> Comfort Study – Chapter 2 (pdf)
> Comfort Study – Chapter 3 (pdf)
> Comfort Study – Chapter 4 (pdf) and complete study

Recognizing acetate in a garment


  • A garment made out of acetate fabric has bright, deep, rich colors and is very pleasant to the touch—aesthetic hand and feels soft, smooth, dry, and crisp.


  • A garment made of acetate fabric or lined with acetate fabric is comfortable because it breathes and drapes well.
  • A garment lined with acetate feels significantly less sticky, clammy and damp, and more absorbent than garments lined with polyester fabrics, a hidden bonus for brand owners!

Look at the label

  • Smart consumers look at lapel and pocket labels to ensure that they are buying products that contain acetate, a preferred fiber for comfort.


Acetate & Fashion

Fabric Library

A variety of acetate fabrics showing natural luxury and other unique qualities of acetate filament yarn end uses:

Just click on the link and discover the world of natural luxury: wonderful cellulosic fabrics with a fantastic hand and drape.

This library will be kept up to date, so keep coming back to check out the new additions.