Toray Industries Inc has developed new technology for making an ultra-fine fibre from plant cellulose, which it is targeting at ladies' formal wear and luxury underwear applications. 

The company says the new cellulose-based material is glossy and can absorbing moisture.

Fabrics based on the new fibre are due to be unveiled in 2006.

The new technology involves processing the cellulose so that it melts when heated. It is then injected into conventional synthetic fibre spinnerets to make fibres with diameters of 5-30 microns and complex cross-sections.