A T-shirt, so humble but yet so classic and yet with so many to choose from -- the brands to the style to the fabric type to mention but a few.
The most common top 3 t-shirt fabric choices:
100 % Cotton: by far the most common and popular. 100% cotton fabric means the fabric is not blended and is made of stronger, softer, and comfortable natural product consisting of fibers picked from the cotton plant. It is also known to be hypoallergenic meaning it is breathable and allows the skin to breathe which reduces the possibility of rashes by keeping the moisture from building up between the skin surface and the material.
Transports vapor as well as liquid
Comfortable to wear
Does not stink easily
Expensive compared to synthetics
Need proper and high maintenance
Prone to shrinkage, stains, damages and wrinkles
100 % Polyester: is durable, synthetic fabric with excellent resiliency. Low moisture absorbency which allows the fabric to dry quickly. This material always keeps its shape, so there’s almost zero shrinking or stretching, regardless of what kind of extreme wash and dry cycle you put it through and doesn’t stain as easily as other fabrics. This fabric is a favorite of athletes and adventurous outdoor types who subject themselves to extreme conditions.
Durable and not prone to wear and tear.
Good at wicking sweat
Dries faster because it is hydrophobic
Easy to maintain
Relatively cheaper compared to other fabrics
Smells quickly because of bacteria build up.
Not as comfortable in comparison with natural fabrics
Manufacturing companies contribute to the environmental degradation.
Blends: is one that is made up of more than one type of fiber.
Four major categories:
50/50: 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester
60/40: 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester
Tri-Blend: Typically a blend of cotton, polyester and ryan
CVC (Chief Value Cotton): A blend with majority percentage being cotton
Questions to ask to determine on which T-Shirt material is best for you?
Quality desired: softness, breathability, structure, moisture-wicking, etc.
The print method to be used: direct-to-garment, screen printing, embroidery, etc.
Price: maximum budget for the order or per item.
The purpose/occasion of the shirt: family reunion, work uniform, sporting event, merchandise, etc.
The person/gender that will be wearing it: age range, style, expectation
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