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Modal vs Tencel: What is the Difference and Which is Better

Rawbought Je Dors Collection Lilac Long Set pyjama set with white piping design made of sustainable modal fabric

Tencel, lyocell, rayon, modal, bamboo – the world is now waking up to these new generation of natural fabrics. What are the differences between them and which one is better? Let’s look at the difference between Tencel and modal, two of the most popular natural fabrics in the market today.

What is Modal? Modal is a natural fibre made from beech tree pulp broken down into a viscose, while Tencel actually refers to the brand name TENCELtm. While they produce a wide range of semi-synthetic fibres, they are most commonly known for their Lyocell fibres. Hence, lyocell and Tencel are sometimes used interchangeably.  

Modal and Tencel, or lyocell, are mostly commonly compared with each other as they have many similar properties. Let’s look at the similarities and difference between the two fabrics.

Similarities between Modal and Tencel or Lyocell

Modal and Tencel are both made from natural materials. Modal is made from beech tree wood pulp while Tencel/lyocell is made from eucalyptus wood pulp trees. Both fabrics are sustainable fabrics as they are made from closed loop production processes. Beech and eucalyptus trees also need a lot less water to cultivate compared to other organic fabrics like cotton. Modal and Tencel are also biodegradable, making their impact on the environment much less harmful than clothes made from synthetic fabrics. Modal and Tencel also have a similar hand feel, soft, smooth and have moisture-wicking properties.

Differences between Modal and Tencel or Lyocell

Feel – Modal is known to be softer and smoother than tencel lyocell. It sits lightly on your skin, almost feeling like second skin.

Thickness – Modal’s unique weave patterns and fabric properties allow it to be processed into micromodal as well, a thinner and lighter version of modal. This makes it perfect for sleepwear and underwear, especially for tropical climates, summer weather and for those who run hot at night.

Temperature – Modal feels cooler on the skin, and also keeps you cool throughout the night. Its moisture-wicking properties allow your pyjamas to regulate your body temperature at night, keeping you comfortable throughout.

Maintenance – Modal, and micromodal, last for longer despite heavy usage. It is less prone to pilling, allowing you to enjoy perfect comfort for longer. Modal also retains its vibrant colours. This allows consumers to practice ethical consumption as they do not have to keep repurchasing products for replacement.

Rawbought’s Modal Pyjamas

At Rawbought, we are obviously huge fans of modal – all our pyjama sets in our Je Dors and Carezza Lace Collections are made of buttery-soft modal fabric as we wanted the best of comfort while we sleep.  Modal pyjamas are ideal for kids, who need snug cosiness as they sleep, and for adults, especially those who run a little hotter at night. People with sensitive skin would also love modal pyjamas as they are super soft and light on the skin. Keep cool and feel luxurious this summer in our favourite modal pyjamas!

How to choose the best pyjamas for expecting mothers

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Pregnancy is one of, if not the most mind-blowing thing a human body is able to undergo. Keeping the mother comfortable, safe and happy throughout is extremely important for a healthy pregnancy and baby. One of the ways to do so is through the pyjamas you wear during your pregnancy and beyond. Sleep is a precious commodity throughout motherhood, so you should make sure whatever little sleep you’re getting is of the highest quality. Here’s how you can choose the best pyjamas for expecting mothers, for every stage of pregnancy.

1st trimester

You’re not feeling too different at this stage, maybe a little warmer than usual. Morning sickness might be around the corner and you’ll be craving some wild combinations of flavours. Your body still looks and feels the same as before, so it’s a good time for you to start shopping comfort-first. Soft waistbands that don’t dig into your waist, stretchy yet soft fabric that can grow with you are some of the considerations when choosing the best pyjamas for when you’re expecting.

2nd trimester

This is when your body undergoes the most changes. Your belly will start to expand between month 3 to month 6. You might not be able to recognise yourself in the mirror, which is perfectly normal. It is a huge struggle for most women to embrace their new bodies, but you’re not alone. Be open with your partner about your feelings and don’t be ashamed in indulging in things that make you feel good about yourself. Dress up your growing baby bump in beautiful clothes and elegant pyjamas that can make the discomfort feel a bit better.

Short sleeved or sleeveless pyjama shirts made of breathable fabric provide the ventilation that is much needed at this stage of the pregnancy as you can get hot throughout the night. Remember to wear your pyjama pants or shorts below the bump so that there’s no pressure on your belly.

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3rd trimester

This is by far the most uncomfortable stage of your pregnancy. Your bump is huge, you can’t see your toes anymore and getting up from bed to head the washroom 5 times an hour is the most energy you can spend at any one time. You’re almost constantly sweating and can’t turn over to your side while sleeping anymore.

Sleepshirts and oversized tees are by far the most popular style of pyjamas for expecting mothers at this stage of their pregnancy. They are well-ventilated without the restrictions of waistbands, and most importantly, make it easy to visit the washroom.

Postpartum

This is when the real work begins. The next few weeks need you to focus on healing your body and feeding the precious new life that you’ve given birth to. You will probably not be heading out any time soon, and spending most of your time lying down at home as you recover. It’s important to wear clothes and pyjamas that are conducive for breastfeeding, keeping cool yet comfortable during your confinement period, soft for the baby’s sensitive skin and that are easy to clean, for inevitable spitups and accidents.

Modal fabric is, in our (mostly unbiased) opinion, the most ideal fabric for pregnancy and postpartum sleepwear. It is incredibly buttery-soft on the skin, very lightweight and breathable. It is also temperature-regulating, allowing you to sleep in absolute comfort no matter how hot or cold you get in the night. Modal is also very easy to maintain and long-lasting – machine-washable without pilling.

If you’re an expectant mum or know anyone who is expecting, beautiful yet comfortable pyjamas are the best gift to take on the journey to motherhood. Stay beautiful and comfy, mamas!