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    Fabric is part of what sets American Apparel apart from the competition. Our smooth, soft, 100% cotton fabrics have raised the bar. Meanwhile, our new and innovative blends and synthetics lead the industry. Many of our fabrics are woven at our factory in downtown Los Angeles, including our Sustainable Edition fabrics made from environmentally safe organically grown cotton.
    Fabric Feature Chart
    Fabrics Chart
    Color Fastness
    Screen- printing Results
    Shrinkage
    Fabric Care
    Fabric Weight
    100% Cotton
    Superior
    Minimal
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    7.2 oz/yd²
    (244 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    14 oz/yd²
    (475 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    4.5 oz/yd²
    (153 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    4.3 oz/yd²
    (146 g/m²)
    Superior
    Some
    8 oz/yd²
    (271 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    14 oz/yd²
    (475 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    3.8 oz/yd²
    (129 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    3.2 oz/yd²
    (108 g/m²)
    100% Organic Cotton
    Superior
    Minimal
    4.3 oz/yd²
    (146 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Blended and Synthetic
    Superior
    None
    8.3 oz/yd²
    (281 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    9.2 oz/yd²
    (312 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    4.5 oz/yd²
    (153 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    4.8 oz/yd²
    (163 g/m²)
    Superior
    Some
    5.6 oz/yd²
    (190 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    8.2 oz/yd²
    (278 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    Superior
    Minimal
    4.3 oz/yd²
    (146 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    13 oz/yd²
    (441 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    6.7 oz/yd²
    (227 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    2.5 oz/yd²
    (85 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    9.6 oz/yd²
    (325 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    6.45 oz/yd²
    (219 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    2.5 oz/yd²
    (85 g/m²)
    Superior
    Some
    5.8 oz/yd²
    (197 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    3.5 oz/yd²
    (119 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    4.5 oz/yd²
    (153 g/m²)
    Good
    Some
    4.2 oz/yd²
    (142 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    7.4 oz/yd²
    (251 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    3.7 oz/yd²
    (125 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    3.7 oz/yd²
    (125 g/m²)
    Superior
    None
    8.3 oz/yd²
    (281 g/m²)
    Superior
    Minimal
    9.2 oz/yd²
    (312 g/m²)
    Fabric Details
    You can feel the difference between our cotton and the cotton of other leading brands. Our cotton is noticeably softer and smoother because it's combed, spun tighter, and woven finer.
    Heavy Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    18 Singles
    Fabric weight for colors: 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Fabric weight for white: 5.6 oz/yd² (190 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% ring-spun cotton, this fabric is heavier than our fine jersey yet still exceptionally smooth and comfortable.
    Baby Rib
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this finer 1x1 rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
    California Fleece
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 7.2 oz/yd² (244 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Unlike typical synthetic fleece, our California Fleece is made of 100% extra soft ring-spun combed cotton, pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage. Extra thick for extra warmth, yet breathable.
    Cotton Denim
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low or hang dry
    Fabric weight 14.0 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Cotton Piqué
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, this lightweight fabric features a soft textured appearance.
    Fine Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as a much heavier fabric.
    Interlock
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 8 oz/yd² (254 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, this fabric is woven to feature a smooth surface and extra give for extra comfort.
    Natural Denim
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 14.0 oz/yd² (475 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Our Natural Denim is a heavy-weight denim, but still soft to the touch, with a bit of stretch for added comfort.
    2X1 Rib
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this textured rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
    Sheer Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 3.8 oz/yd² (129 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 100% ring-spun combed cotton, sheer jersey is constructed of lightweight extra-fine yarn for extra-softness and a superior feel to the touch. Drapes well, accentuating body contours.
    Sheer Rib
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 3.2 oz/yd² (109 g/m²)
    Fair screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton, this fabric is extremely soft and lightweight, and features a semi-sheer appearance.
    Our environmentally safe and friendly pre-washed organic cotton is manufactured under strict conditions, resulting in a pesticide, herbicide, and chemical-free product. Please note that the unbleached, natural color of the fabric will reveal the texture and imperfections that bleaches and other treatments typically eliminate.
    Organic Fine Jersey
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    Made of imported certified organic cotton
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as much heavier fabric.
    Organic 2X1 Rib
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    Made of imported certified organic cotton
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this textured rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
    Organic Baby Rib
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    Made of imported certified organic cotton
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed organic cotton, this finer 1x1 rib knit features a comfortable stretch with excellent durability through repeated washings.
    We blend our cotton with synthetics fibers to create fabrics that are both soft and smooth, but with the added flexibility of exceptional stretch, texture, or warmth. Our collection also includes innovative synthetic materials that are as unique as they are comfortable and durable.
    Supplex Nylon Spandex
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    Fabric Weight 8.3 oz/yd2 (281 g/m2)
    Machine Wash Cold
    Hang to dry
    Do not iron or bleach
    Superior screen printing results
    Constructed from a 90% Nylon / 10% Elastane blend, this resilient knit fabric features moisture wicking and quick dry technologies to provide maximum performance while being active.
    Tri-Blend Terry
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    Made in USA
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash cold
    Dry low
    Fabric Weight 9.2 oz/yd2 (312 g/m2)
    Superior screen printing results
    Constructed from 50% Polyester / 42% Combed Cotton Fleece / 8% Rayon lending superior softness and warmth and a flattering drape against the body.
    Polyester Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.5 oz/yd² (153 g/m²)
    30 Singles
    Superior screen printing results
    A comfortable and lightweight fabric made of a fine count yarn.
    Baby Thermal
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.8 oz/yd² (163 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of a 55% ring-spun combed cotton / 45% fine polyester blend, this fabric is extremely lightweight and soft to the touch, and features thermal protection.
    Cotton Spandex Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Machine wash
    Dry low/remove promptly
    Fabric weight 5.6 oz/yd² (190 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of a 95% combed cotton / 5% Spandex blend, this soft fabric features elasticity for a great fit on most body types. Tumble dry on low and remove promptly to preserve stretch.
    Flex Fleece
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 6.95 oz/yd² (236 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of a 50% cotton / 50% polyester blend, this fabric offers warmth with a medium thickness.
    Flex Terry
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Superior recovery
    Not intended for screen printing
    Made of 75% Cotton, 20% Nylon, 5% Spandex, Flex Terry features the comfort of loop terrycloth, with the added advantage of superior recovery from stretching or washing.
    Heather Fine Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 4.3 oz/yd² (146 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 90% fine ring-spun combed cotton, 10% polyester, this lightweight fine jersey is exceptionally smooth and tight-knit, making it just as opaque as much heavier fabric.
    Heavy Terry
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    Fabric weight 13.0 oz/yd² (441 g/m²)
    Zinc contains 65% Cotton / 28% Polyester / 7% Rayon
    Fabric weight 11.28 oz/yd² (382 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Loop Terry
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 6.7 oz/yd² (227 g/m²)
    Not intended for screen printing
    Made of an 80% ring-spun combed cotton / 20% polyester blend, this lightweight fabric is absorbent and warm, as well as soft to the touch.
    Micro-Poly
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    No shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Hang dry
    Fabric weight 2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
    For optimal screenprinting results, cure at 330ºF (165ºC) for 24 seconds. Test setup on multiple pieces.
    Fair screen printing results
    Made of 100% micro-polyester, this lightweight fabric wicks away moisture, which helps to prevent odor.
    Nylon Cordura
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    Not intended for screen printing
    Nylon Pack Cloth
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    Imported
    Superior color fastness
    No shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Hang dry
    Fabric weight 6.45 oz/yd² (219 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 100% medium–weight nylon with a polyurethane coating, this fabric is exceptionally strong, washable, and stain resistant.
    Nylon Taffeta
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    No shrinkage
    Machine wash cold
    Hang dry
    Fabric weight 2.5 oz/yd² (85 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 100% nylon, this soft and lightweight fabric is specially treated to be water and wind repellent through repeated washings.
    Nylon Tricot
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    Imported
    UV protection
    Superior color fastness
    Machine Wash
    Hang Dry
    Fabric weight 5.8 oz/yd² (197 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of 80% nylon / 20% Spandex, this shiny fabric repels water yet feels soft to the touch.
    Poplin
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    Imported
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 3.5 oz/yd² (119 g/m²)
    Good screen printing results
    Made of a 65% polyester / 35% ring-spun combed cotton blend, this fabric is lightweight, breathable, and durable.
    Piqué
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Pre-laundered for minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 6.4 oz/yd² (217 g/m²)
    Fair screen printing results
    Made of a 55% ring-spun combed cotton / 45% fine polyester blend, this lightweight fabric features a soft textured appearance.
    Viscose
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    Hand wash cold
    Lay flat to dry
    Do not hang
    Good screen printing results
    Thick Knit Jersey
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 7.4 oz/yd² (251 g/m²)
    Fair screen printing results
    Made of a 50% combed cotton / 50% polyester blend, this heavier knit is constructed for extra durability and warmth; washes and wears well.
    50/50 Poly-Cotton
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 3.7 oz/yd² (125 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of 50% combed cotton / 50% polyester, this ultra-soft blend is finer than our traditional combed-cotton yarn. With superior draping and a perfected worn-in texture.
    Tri-Blend
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    Made in USA
    Superior color fastness
    Minimal shrinkage
    Machine wash
    Dry low
    Fabric weight 3.77 oz/yd² (122 g/m²)
    Superior screen printing results
    Made of a 50% polyester / 25% cotton / 25% rayon blend, this ultra-soft fabric is extremely comfortable against the skin, and features remarkable recovery, even after being stretched out.
    Supplex Nylon Spandex Knit
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    Good screen printing results
    Tri-Blend Terry
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    Superior screen printing results