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1 x 1 Rib knit

Evenly spaced peaks and troughs that gives stretch to the fabric

2x1 Rib Knit

Uneven peaks and troughs, medium stretch, fabric.

2x2 Rib Knit

Wide peaks and troughs giving more stretch to the fabric, but meaning it is difficult to get a smooth finish if the garment is printed

Belcoro® Yarn

Is a trademarked process of spinning cotton. The spinning process produces a yarn that is softer and stays softer than more traditionally produced yarns.  The finished fabric gives a better printing surface, better durability and washing performances and results in less piling. Fruit of the Loom use this fabric in their range of garments for printing

Carded Cotton

Is a mixture of ragged fibres that are shorter and thicker than combed cotton, cheaper heavier weight T-Shirts are often made from this type of cotton, which gives a looser knit and is courser to touch than ring spun.

Combed Cotton

Combing the cotton uses brushes to comb the cotton fibres so they all lie in the same direction and short weak fibres are taken away.  The result is a stronger, softer fabric.

 

Dexfil

Dexfil™ is designed to keep you warm and is an insulator. It consists of specially compressed fibres that are lightweight, durable, flexible, not bulky and warm.

Easy Care

This finish is designed to mean less ironing. When a shirt is washed it's cellulosic fibres will shrink slightly which causes creases, an easycare finish is applied to the fabric to help prevent that happening.

Elastane

Man made fibres that are woven into the fabric to give stretch properties. Lycra is trademarked elastane product.

Fair Wear

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers. More details can be found on their website www.fairwear.org/

Fleece

Heavliy brushed on either the inside of the fabric such as sweatshirts or double sided for outdoor and micro fleeces.

Global Recycle Standard

Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is a certification that ensures that the materials that are claimed to be recycled would have been gone into the solid waste stream.

GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. For more information go to www.global-standard.org/

Hyvent

HyVent® is a superior technology used by North Face utilising a polyurethane (PU) coating that consists of a tri-component multi-layer formula for waterproof protection, moisture permeability and durability. This waterproof fabric utilises a micro porous, hydrophobic lamination technology that retains its capabilities in even the most severe conditions.

Interlock

 

A tight weave which gives a smooth finish to the fabric. Generally the tighter the weave finish the better the print results are.