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Acetate Acetate, one of the first manufactured fibres that has a soft and a crisp feel. It has the lustrous appearance of silk and excellent drapability. It is not a strong fibre, 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 fibres. Special dyes are required if it is being coloured. Today acetate can be found in a variety of colours.