People love to wear their t-shirts because they are so comfortable in many different types of weather. The fabric that is used for most t-shirts is chosen because of many factors- its breathability, its shape, its ease of washing, and also for its high level of absorbency. Cotton and wool are generally seen as the two most absorbent fabrics available for clothing. Both are natural and both are extremely absorbent types of fabrics.
Cotton and wool are both absorbent enough to take dyes and colors very well. This is what gives them their extremely broad range of colors and designs available. However, wool is generally not used for t-shirts because it has other properties as well. Wool is a very warm fabric, and that’s something that most t-shirt owners aren’t looking for. When they put on a t-shirt, they expect to stay cool and comfortable. This is best done with cotton instead of wool. Wool can also cause reactions in some people and it’s known to be an itchy fabric. This has made cotton the all-around favorite for t-shirt wearers.
Synthetic fabrics are sometimes substituted for cotton in t-shirts, but they are not as absorbent as cotton. So far, there has not been a synthetic t-shirt fabric that is as absorbent as the natural fibers of cotton. And for holding a variety of dye colors, that’s extremely important. Because cotton is so absorbent, it will hold not only synthetic dyes, but a wide range of natural dyes. Plant-based dyes, vegetable dyes and others are often used with cotton because they will be readily absorbed and will stay looking great for a long period of time and over many washes.
Another way that the absorbency of cotton helps with comfort is with keeping the t-shirt wearer cool. This is because of cotton’s ability to absorb liquids quickly and easily. When a t-shirt wearer sweats, a synthetic fabric may repel that sweat, keeping the wearer wet and uncomfortable. But, cotton t-shirts will absorb that sweat and keep it from soaking the wearer’s skin. This allows the sweat to evaporate better than if a synthetic fabric was holding it in. It allows the wearer to cool off but to be kept cool and drier than if the t-shirt was made out of another fabric.
Cotton’s absorbency may not be something that most people think about when they are putting on their t-shirt, but it’s one of the factors that makes a cotton t-shirt more comfortable than many other garments. Its softness and its absorbency go together to make a breathable t-shirt that takes on the sweat and oil that can make a person feel uncomfortable if they are left on the skin for long periods of time. No synthetic material will do this. For all of these reasons, cotton is by far the most common type of fabric that is used in t-shirts. People all over the world use it in their t-shirts as well as many of their other items of clothing.