Fiber:Â Ringspun cotton involves just what the name implies:Â The cotton is spun in order to twist and thin the strands,
which are then arranged evenly, creating a strong rope of fibers thatâ€™s finer and softer than regular cotton.
Features:Â Ringspun cotton provides a soft hand, which makes it a go-to-fabrication for fashion-forward suppliers
and discerning end-buyers.Â Youâ€™ll find it most often in T-shirts, polos, sweatshirts, tank tops and fleeces.
Qualities:Â Silky, soft, lightweight.
Fiber:Â Polyester is man-made fiber thatâ€™s petroleum-based.Â The most common type of polyester is Polyethylene
Terephthalate (PET), which is often also used in plastic water bottles.
Features:Â Polyester is hydrophobic, so it doesnâ€™t absorb sweat.Â Itâ€™s also moisture-wicking, shrink-proof and wrinkle-
resistant and it maintains its shape.Â Itâ€™s a staple of performance wear and increasingly featured in a diverse number of items.
Qualities:Â Smooth, durable comfortable.
Fiber:Â T-shirts made of a blend of polyester and cotton feature the soft hand of cotton, and the benefits of performance properties.
Theyâ€™re often hydrophobic, moisture-wicking, shrink-proof and wrinkle-resistant, and they maintain their shape.
Features:Â Polyester/cotton blends not only offer performance properties and a soft hand, but also tend to be affordable
and comfortable to wear.
Qualities:Â Wicking, durable, soft.
Fiber:Â Spandex is a man-made fiber originally developed in 1959 that can stretch to over 500% of its original size without breaking.
Itâ€™s often blended with polyester for compression sportswear, and itâ€™s also found in many different types of apparel, such as swimwear.
Even a small percentage in T-shirts, blouses and jeans give the garments a tighter, more form-fitting silhouette.Â Other names are
Lycra and elastane.
Features:Â Spandex is abrasion-resistant, and holds up well against body oils and the washing and drying process.
Qualities:Â Stretchy, durable, lightweightÂ
Fiber:Â Tri-blend is a combination of cotton, polyester and rayon, a type of man-made fiber, which gives T-shirts a soft, worn-in feel.
Features:Â In one garment, wearers can enjoy a super-soft hand, durability and the fine draping that rayon brings to the table.
This combination is especially popular for vintage T-shirts.
Qualities:Â Soft, comfortable, durable.
Fiber:Â Modal, a subset of rayon, is made of wood pulp cellulose from beech trees, which is then converted into fiber through a
chemical process.Â The fibers are known colloquially as lyocell.
Features:Â Modal offers a soft hand and excellent draping qualities.Â Itâ€™s also shrink resistant, fade-resistant and breathable.
Qualities:Â Luxurious, soft, pleasant, flattering
Fiber:Â Bamboo is converted to rayon much the same as viscose rayon:Â the soft insides of the tree are extracted with
a steaming process, crushed and then converted into a fabric with chemicals.
Features:Â Bamboo has an extremely soft, silky hand, often deemed softer than cotton or silk.Â Itâ€™s also naturally
moisture-wicking and antimicrobial.
Qualities:Â Silky, luxurious, butter-soft.