What does Tri-blend mean?

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What does Tri-blend mean? A “tri-blend t-shirt” vs a “normal t-shirt” is one of the choices that will come up when creating a t-shirt business or when you’re shopping for one. When I first started working at Threadless and didn’t know the lingo yet I kept wondering: WTF is a tri-blend? If you were to ask me, I’d tell you that a tri-blend tee is the softest thing you’ll ever touch. In fact, you’ll want everything in your life made out of tri-blend. But that’s not the most technical definition, so I’m here to shed some more light on the subject. The Definition of Tri-Blend As you might have guessed from the name “tri-blend,” the blend of the shirt is made of three different fabrics. While a regular t-shirt is 100% cotton, tri-blend tees are 50% polyester, 25% cotton, and 25% Rayon which makes them softer. Kinda like a fancy t-shirt that runs a little bit smaller and have more stretch to them. What is Tri-Blend Left: Normal cotton tee | Right: Tri-blend tee (“Stay Inspired” by Katie Lukes) They look a little bit different too, having a bit of a “dappled” look to them, whereas the fabric of regular t-shirts are solid color. What about printing on them? Does this different material of tri-blend mess up the graphic designs? Not really. There’s a little bit of color variation between tri-blends and cotton shirts, but the differences are small. If anything, tri-blends make designs look a little bit better, but that’s my opinion. For more guidance on color on different materials/printing processes, check out this post. So there you have it: the softest tee material ever, the tri-blend. Want to start a business selling tri-blend t-shirts? Try out Artist Shops for free! We’re an artist community built on the power of helping each other succeed — if you’re reading this and have tips of your own to share, please do so in the comments. Thank you!
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