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Acetate Acetate Acetate, one of the first manufactured fibers that has a soft and crisp feel. The second oldest manufactured fiber in the U.S. after rayon, acetate was first used in France as an airplane wing varnish and later developed as a fiber in the U.K. in 1923. It has the lustrous appearance of silk and excellent durability. It is not a strong fiber, as its resistance to abrasion is poor. It does resist shrinkage, moths, and mildew and does not absorb moisture readily. Its yarns are pliable and supple and will always spring back to their original shape. It is fast drying and when heated becomes more pliable. Acetone and alcohol dissolve acetate fibers. Special dyes are required if it is being colored. Today acetate can be found in a variety of colors. Acetate often takes the place of other shiny, soft and luxurious fabrics on furniture, and for drapes, curtains, and other home decors, along with being used for clothing, evening attire and clothing, and furniture linings.