Tencel, a biodegradable material made from wood pulp cellulose, is a fiber type specially developed for use in knitted fabrics. Some main characteristics of tencel fibers are that they are soft, absorbent, very strong when wet or dry, and resistant to wrinkles; tencel fabric can be machine- or hand-washed or dry-cleaned, it drapes well, and it can be dyed many colors, and can simulate a variety of textures such as suede, leather, and silk. Often said to be environmentally friendly, it is fully biodegradable and made from trees managed for sustained harvest. When blended with other fibers such as wool, cotton or linen, tencel can produce a variety of textures. Since tencel is derived from nature, the properties of this fiber are very much like cotton and make it an ideal partner for blends with cotton.