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What is ice silk fabric?

August 31,2023

As the hot summer approaches, the weather becomes increasingly scorching. Without the presence of air conditioning, it feels like no matter what material of clothing you wear, it sticks to your body without providing any cool sensation. This is where the importance of suitable fabric comes into play. If you are looking for that comfortable feeling during summer, I would recommend the recently popular ice silk fabric in China.


When we open popular shopping apps in China, we often come across descriptions of ice silk fabric accompanying many bestselling clothes. Many people claim that wearing clothes made from ice silk fabric gives them a cool and refreshing sensation. So what exactly is ice silk fabric? Let's explore and find out together.

In fact, there are currently no specific national or industry standards defining the concept of "ice silk." "Ice silk" is simply a marketing term used for certain products.

The raw material for "ice silk" is not as mystical as it may sound. It primarily consists of a commonly used man-made fiber called viscose fiber.


Simply put, viscose fiber is made by reprocessing various natural fibers such as cotton and wood. It is a type of man-made natural fiber.

In addition to viscose fiber, ice silk fabric is also woven with other chemical fibers such as  polyester(also known as polyester fiber) and nylon (also known as polyamide).

Ice silk fabric retains the advantages of natural fibers like cotton. It has good moisture absorption properties that meet the physiological requirements of the skin. It is known for its smooth and cool feel, breathability, anti-static properties, vibrant colors, and good colorfastness.

Through modification, viscose fiber can also acquire special features like UV protection, making it highly suitable for manufacturing summer clothing.


Why does it feel refreshing?

The moisture-absorbing ability of ice silk is stronger than that of cotton, making it easier to absorb sweat and keep the skin cool.

Let's talk about a professional textile term - "instant cooling upon contact": "When the skin comes into contact with fabric that has a temperature lower than its own, there is a rapid loss of heat on the surface of the skin, causing an instant drop in temperature. This creates a cool sensation through the sensory nerve endings in the skin that is transmitted to the brain."

So when a fabric with a temperature lower than the skin comes into contact with the human body, it creates a momentary cool sensation. This sensation lasts only for a few seconds, tens of seconds, or a few minutes, usually right after putting on the fabric.In other words, the coolness provided by this fabric is temporary. Once the temperature of the fabric and the body become similar and reach thermal equilibrium, the cool sensation disappears.


Ice silk fabric has excellent durability and corrosion resistance, effectively preventing stains and keeping clothing clean. It has good elasticity, allowing clothes to fit better and be more comfortable. Additionally, it has good breathability, ensuring greater comfort for the skin. Ice silk fabric is also wrinkle-resistant, effectively preventing the garment from deforming and wrinkling, thus enhancing its aesthetic appearance.


Ice silk garments are typically light in color, but due to their good water affinity, they can easily accumulate dirt. Some stains may even penetrate into the fibers, making it difficult to thoroughly clean them, especially if worn for a long time.

Ice silk clothing can be dry cleaned or machine washed. It should not be bleached and should be air-dried naturally. When washing ice silk garments, you can use regular laundry detergent, but it is better to use a neutral detergent. Avoid using alkaline detergents. The washing temperature should not be too high, preferably not exceeding 40℃.

After prolonged exposure to sunlight and air, ice silk garments may gradually become stiff and lose their softness. Therefore, when cleaning ice silk fabric clothing, avoid bleaching and simply allow them to air-dry naturally without excessive exposure to sunlight.

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