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Mercerization greatly improves the luster, color saturation, and tear strength of knitted cotton fabric. This process imparts a silk-like sheen and texture to the fabric, closely resembling the characteristics of silk. Manufacturers primarily utilize this fabric in crafting high-end business T-shirts and polo shirts.

  • Weight per „é°
    • 150-280gsm
  • Width
    • 155-185cm
  • Minimum Order Quantity
    • 300 kg per colour
  • Fabric Type
    • Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric
  • Possible Fabric Production Certifications
    • Oeko-Tex, 
    • GRS
  • Sample
    • A4 Size Sample Available
  • Lab Dip Lead Time
    • 3-7days
  • PP Sample Lead Time
    • 15days
  • Bulk Lead Time
    • 25-45days
  • Also Known As
    • Mercerized Cotton
  • Yarn Fiber Type
    • 100% Cotton,
    • Cotton Polyester Blends,
    • Lyocell Cotton Blends, 
    • Modal Cotton Blends, 
    • Bamboo Cotton Blends, 
    • Cotton Rayon Blends
  • For Garments
    • T-shirts, 
    • Polo Shirts

Our Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric Materials

Discover our exceptional range of knit fabrics, perfect for quality and style. For custom options, feel free to contact us.

  • 255gsm 54%Cotton 46%Sorona Interlock Mercerized Cotton Fabric 160cm RHS45006

    Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric

    Material: 54% cotton 46% sorona

    Weight: 255gsm

    Width: 160cm

  • 195gsm 100%Cotton Interlock Mercerized Cotton Fabric 140cm RHS45004

    Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric

    Material: 100% cotton

    Weight: 195gsm

    Width: 140cm

  • 190gsm 100%Cotton Interlock Mercerized Cotton Fabric 155cm RHS45005

    Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric

    Material: 100% cotton

    Weight: 190gsm

    Width: 155cm

  • 165gsm 100%Cotton Interlock Mercerized Cotton Fabric 135cm RHS45002

    Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric

    Material: 100% cotton

    Weight: 165gsm

    Width: 135cm

  • 160gsm 100%Cotton Interlock Mercerized Cotton Fabric 135cm RHS45003

    Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric

    Material: 100% cotton

    Weight: 160gsm

    Width: 135cm


The Origin and Process of Mercerized Fabric

The British chemist John Mercer invented the mercerization process in 1844. This technique aims to improve dye absorption, enhance dimensional stability, and increase the luster of the Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric.

During the pre-dyeing and finishing process, Mercerized Cotton Knit Fabric is immersed and rolled in a 20-30% concentration sodium hydroxide solution. This is accomplished using a continuous-width boiling machine.

This immersion enables the cotton fibers in the Mercerized Knit Fabric to fully absorb the strong alkaline solution, causing them to shrink into a round shape. This transformation facilitates easier dye absorption during the subsequent dyeing process, thereby increasing the overall dye absorption rate.

This kind of cotton fabric commonly employs exceptionally fine cotton yarns, ranging from 70s, 80s, 100s, to even 200s yarn. The use of finer yarns contributes to an enhanced luster in the Mercerized Fabric, resulting in a more delicate and comfortable feel.

Mercerized Fabric, especially when crafted from long-staple cotton varieties such as Sea Island cotton or SUPIMA cotton, exhibits superior luster and color vibrancy. This stands out in comparison to fabrics made from regular fine cotton.

Advantages of Clothing Made from Mercerized Fabric

Apparel crafted from this fabric combines the breathability and comfort inherent in regular cotton knitted fabric with elevated luster and color saturation.

Beyond these aesthetic enhancements, clothing made from mercerized cotton exhibits substantially greater wrinkle resistance compared to conventional cotton knitted fabric. 

Additionally, maintaining and cleaning mercerized fabric is a hassle-free process, demanding fewer cumbersome care steps.

Applications of Mercerized Cotton Fabric

Highly regarded for its exceptional luster and luxurious feel, mercerized cotton fabric is a prevalent choice in the production of upscale T-shirts and polo shirts. 

Notably, iconic pieces from esteemed brands feature knitted mercerized cotton fabric, emphasizing its popularity in the creation of classic and high-quality attire. Across a spectrum of global luxury brands, the preference for mercerized fabric remains consistent, underscoring its status as a prime material for crafting high-end T-shirts.

In addition to its prevalent use in high-end T-shirts and polo shirts, designers increasingly turn to knitted mercerized cotton for crafting formal dress shirts. Shirts made from 100s mercerized cotton fabric exhibit superior body conformity and enhanced wrinkle resistance when compared to conventional woven dress shirts.

This shift in material choice reflects a recognition of the unique properties of mercerized cotton, particularly its ability to elevate the quality and performance of formal attire.

  • What is Mercerized Cotton Fabric?

    Mercerized cotton fabric undergoes a process that enhances its luster, strength, and dye absorption. Invented in 1844, the treatment involves immersing cotton fibers in a sodium hydroxide solution, resulting in a smooth, silky appearance. It is commonly used in high-quality garments.

  • Does Mercerized Cotton Shrink?

    Mercerized cotton has increased dimensional stability, reducing its tendency to shrink. However, follow care instructions to avoid conditions that may cause shrinkage, especially high heat.

  • Is Mercerized Cotton Safe?

    Yes, it's safe for clothing. The mercerization process involves sodium hydroxide, but the final product is washed and neutralized, meeting safety standards for textiles. Follow care instructions for garment longevity.

  • Is Mercerized Cotton Breathable?

    Yes, mercerized cotton remains breathable. The mercerization process enhances its qualities without compromising breathability, making it suitable for comfortable clothing.

  • Is Mercerized Cotton Knitted or Woven?

    Mercerized cotton can be both knit and woven, depending on the intended use and the manufacturer's preferences. The mercerization process primarily enhances the properties of the cotton fibers, and these fibers can be utilized in various fabric constructions, including both knitted and woven textiles.

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