Understanding Material: A Quick Guide

Cotton is cotton, right? Wrong. But seriously, who knew? And for heaven’s sake, what is Tri-Blend? For those who want to understand a little more about what the materials on those clothing tags mean, here is a quick guide. And it’s just in time for summer!

50/50: This is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. Also referred to as “poly/cotton.”

Combed Cotton: A process where the short fibers of a yarn are removed. The remaining longer fibers are then arranged in parallel order which produces a high quality yarn with great fineness, strength, and uniformity.

Cotton: A soft vegetable fiber that comes from the seedpod of a cotton plant.

Egyptian Cotton: This cotton is regarded as one of the best in the world. Grown in the Egyptian Nile River Valley, this cotton has some of the strongest and longest fibers.

Fleece: Often used in sweats, this fabric is known by its napped soft interior and smooth exterior.

Heavyweight: Fabric that is heavier than 10 ounces per linear yard.

Nylon: This is a high-strength synthetic fiber with good elasticity and low absorbency.

Peruvian Pima Cotton: Known as the “cashmere of cotton” because it is the smoothest, softest, and silkiest.

Pima Cotton: A softer, stronger cotton than standard cotton because of where it is grown and the length of the growing season.

Polyester: Synthetic fabric that is strong and durable with great resiliency. This fabric dries quickly due to its low moisture absorbency.

Rayon: This fiber is manufactured using regenerated cellulose that is derived from vegetable matter, wood pulp, and cotton linters.

Ring Spun Cotton: Made by the continuous thinning and twisting of cotton fibers resulting in very soft material.

Tri-Blend: 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% rayon resulting in super soft fabric.

I hope this quick guide helps you when looking at those clothing tags!

Be Blessed - Kimberly