What you must know about natural and synthetic fabrics
If you want to get into the business of designing and producing wholesale t shirts you need to master a lot – the business skills, the social and legal issues. But the production itself also requires the familiarity with the production issues. You need to know tailoring or even the production methods. For instance, you should know the basic types of fabrics.
In general, fabrics fall into two or three types. They can either be neutral or man-made… or a blend of these two. We should take a look at some of the properties of these two primary ones.
Natural fabrics, as the name implies, were created by nature. They are cotton, wool, silk and linen. Wool comes from sheep, silk from butts of the insects related to spiders, cotton from the fluffy seed pods and linen from stems of flax. Other natural fabrics include animal fur from other animals like cashmere from goats, angora from rabbits, or horse and camel hair. Some plants like bamboo or hemp are also used. In general, animal fur evolved to keep animals warm, and they outshine their synthetic counterparts at every step. Few fabrics can keep you warm better than wool and cashmere. There’s a reason the vast majority of wholesale t shirts are made of cotton – – it dries better and is more comfortable for you!
However, synthetic fibres have their advantage. Nylon, spandex and polyester are some of the most common these days. Nowadays synthetic fabrics are fairly good at imitating natural fabrics. Sometimes the only way to tell the difference is chemical analysis or using them for the prolonged time. For instance, rayon is a man-made substitute of silk, used in the production of wholesale t shirts and tracksuits – but while it’s shiny, it will bunch up. These synthetic, manmade fabrics don’t breathe as well as their natural counterparts, and many of them need to be blended with cotton or other natural fabric. However, synthetic wholesale t shirts don’t absorb sweat – it’s very useful when exercising outdoors.