Images courtesy S&S Activewear

Term of the Week: Burnout

Each week Printwear turns to industry experts to learn more about the terms used in the apparel and apparel decoration industry, as well as the business realm. Contact Printwear's digital content editor, Alexandria Arroyo, if you're interested in the opportunity to be featured. 

Burnout designs are created by applying a chemical treatment to blended natural and synthetic fibers, commonly cotton/poly fabrics. The chemicals burn away the cotton or natural fiber portion of the fabric, leaving only the polyester or synthetic, which ends up creating the “burnout” patterns we all know and love. One thing to keep in mind when choosing a style with this type of fabric is that the “burnout” portion of the fabric can tend to be somewhat translucent, so whatever a person is wearing underneath may slightly show through those areas.

Source: S&S Activewear