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

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

Skincare is more than moisturiser and under-eye cream. The clothes that you wear, from your underwear to the pyjamas you sleep in at night, make a huge difference to your skin and to your general health. Modal and Bamboo have been touted as more sustainable and durable alternatives to cotton, that are also better for your skin. What is the difference between the two fabrics and which one is better? We look at the similarities and differences between the two fabrics.

Similarities between Modal and Bamboo

Both fabrics are made from natural materials. Modal is made from beech tree pulp broken down into a viscose , while bamboo is made from the semi-synthetic viscose cellulose fibres extracted from bamboo fibres.

Modal and bamboo fabrics are very breathable and absorbent, due to the fabrics’ weave. They are also much more absorbent than cotton, up to 40%. These nature-based fabrics are suitable for people with sensitive skin as they are mostly anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.

Differences between Modal and Bamboo

Feel – Modal and Bamboo fabric, while both extremely soft, have a distinct difference in the way they feel. Modal feels smoother and softer than bamboo. It has a more silky hand-feel, which makes it an ideal fabric for sleepwear that feels luxurious and smooth against skin.

Temperature – Modal has an edge over bamboo in its breathability. It is found to be more breathable and moisture-wicking when compared to bamboo, though both fabrics are more absorbent than cotton. Modal keeps you that much cooler and dryer in warmer climates like Singapore and Southeast Asia.

Look – Due to its silkier and denser fabric weave, modal drapes your body in a more flattering manner. The thin fabric sits delicately on your skin, while not getting into every dimple and crevice on your body. Modal fabrics also hold colours better and longer, making your clothes stay vibrant for much longer.

Maintenance – Modal is slightly easier to take care of than bamboo. It is more resistant to fading, pilling and can even be washed in the dryer. Most bamboo fabrics are more delicate and would not be able to withstand vigorous washing and heat.

At Rawbought, we are obviously huge fans of modal – all our pyjama sets are made of buttery-soft modal fabric as we wanted the best of comfort while sleep. We believe that modal and bamboo are both exceptionally soft materials that suit different people, lifestyles and preferences.