Question: What exactly is a burnout tee, and how do they get so soft and comfortable?
Answer: Making burnout t-shirts uses acid applied to fabric to create designs. Burnout or Devoré fabric is a material that has been chemically “burned” with an acid to produce sheer areas. This technique can be used on a wide range of fabrics, including t-shirts and velvets. However, the fabric must be a combination of cellulose (plant) fibers, such as cotton and linen, and protein or manmade fibers, such as silk, wool, polyester or nylon. The acid used burns away the cotton, leaving only the protein or manmade fibers behind. Pretty cool huh?