Lets talk cotton

NOT ALL TEES ARE CREATED EQUAL !

There is an endless number of factors that can differentiate one tee from another. Two seemingly identical tees can be very different when you dissect what goes into the construction all the way down to the thread level. How a tee is made has everything to do with the feel, fit, and durability.

CARDED COTTON

Carded cotton is cotton which has been prepared for spinning into thread or yarn. Carding is an important step in the processing of many textiles,

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ensuring that debris is removed while aligning the fibers to make them easier to spin. Without carding, cotton thread would be coarse and extremely fragile.

Hand-carded cotton is prepared with the use of hand carders, which look sort of like the fine-toothed brushes used to smooth animal coats. Cotton is strung out across one brush, and then the other brush is gently run over the first, pulling the fibers into chunks which are aligned in the same direction, while also removing very short fibers, vegetable material, and other impurities which could have a negative impact on the thread or wool spun from the cotton.

When the carding process is finished, all of the cotton will have been transferred to the second brush, at which point it can be divided into clumps and spun. Depending on how the fiber is treated before spinning, it may turn into a sliver, a simple chunk of material, or a roving, a sliver which has been twisted for extra tensile strength.

Industrially carded cotton is prepared on large spinning drums which are capable of processing high volumes of cotton at once. For rapid processing, cotton spinning machines are usually located close to the carding area, ensuring that minimal time is wasted transferring cotton products around a factory.

It is possible to buy loose carded cotton, for people who wish to spin cotton at home, and carded cotton is also used to make products like cotton balls. The advantage to using your own raw carded cotton is that crafters can control the dye lot, thickness, and strength of the resulting thread for their own projects.

SUPER CARDED COTTON

Super carded cotton is just carded cotton but the above process runs twice, which produces somewhat finer cotton.

COMBED COTTON

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For extra-fine cotton, people may use a cotton comb to pull out additional short fibers after carding, ensuring that the cotton fibers are all the same

length. Combed cotton is extremely soft and silky to the touch, and it tends to be more expensive, because a higher volume of cotton is  removed during processing.

Most wholesale tees are made using carded open end cotton. Our tees are made using only 100% combed cotton fabric, never carded open end fabric. Carded open end is a cheaper way of turning cotton into yarn and if you’ve ever worn a scratchy, cardboard-like tee, you know what carded open end feels like.

Up close you can see that carded open end fiber is bulky, fuzzy and creates an uneven knit, while 100% combed cotton is finer, smoother and knit consistently, creating a superior surface ideal for printing.

That’s what makes our tees different. It’s why our tees are super soft, luxurious and wearable.

 

FABRILIFE TEES ARE MADE WITH 100% COMBED COTTON

Why settle for poor quality when you can have the look and feel of retail? Choose retail inspired 100% combed tees and feel the difference!