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What Materials Are Used in Woven Labels?

By Michael Lau   Ι  2022-07-16

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Woven labels are made of 100% polyester yarn or 100% cotton yarn. However, 90% of our clothing labels are made of 100% polyester.


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Pros and cons of each type of materials.

  • Polyester yarn is durable and never fades, can afford strong washing. The most common colors of the custom clothing label are available in more than 3,650 kinds, so if you want an eye-catching design and soft textures, and it can withstand numerous wash cycles then this material is your best option.
  • Cotton yarn is a great material for making clothing labels because it has the organic appearance, texture, and feel of natural fiber. It also offers some nice benefits over other types like being breathable.
Damask woven label-JBT Industry

How to choose the right labels for your needs?

There are four main types of woven labels: satin, damask, taffeta, and cotton woven labels. Different types of woven labels have their own advantages and disadvantages. You can choose the right label for your product based on the following 5 points.

  • Appearance
  • Handfeel
  • Density (thread count)
  • Production turnaround time
  • Price

The appearance you want (Shiny, Semi-shiny, Matte)

  • Satin labels are a high-end choice for luxury products. They have an elegant feel and the soft-to-touch, the silky finish is often the most beautiful label you’ll find on any garment or item. Satin weave labels provide sophistication with the reflection that can’t be found anywhere else! They are usually used for high-end garments such as wedding dresses, gowns, silk clothes or products, satin products, and more.
  • Damask labels are semi-reflective because the yarns are semi-shiny material, so there will be some reflection when we move the label, which is the most common material for woven labels. Usually used for sweaters, jackets, jeans, and high-end packaging products.
  • Taffeta labels are semi-shiny either. Usually more suitable for durable appearance due to the label being rough and a little hard, for example, for items such as backpacks, duffel bags, and camping equipment.
  • Cotton woven labels are matte because the cotton yarns itself is non-glossy.
Woven label with diamond texture

The hand feel you want (soft, hard, moderate)

  • Satin woven is soft like silk and smooth representing the best quality. It has a good touch and often receives the favor of big international brands and luxury goods. The pre-weave edges also make the durability greatly enhanced.
  • Damask woven is moderate, and the label is smooth and clean. So it is in a variety of products and is widely used.
  • Taffeta woven has a rougher and thicker appearance, so it is not suitable for clothes in contact with skin and is ideal for outdoor products and sturdy outerwear.
  • Cotton woven label has an excellent touch because the surface of cotton material has floating hair, so the hand feel is like velvet. But the cotton yarn is thicker, so they are more suitable for products such as sweatshirts, sportswear, and more. It is also the preferred brand label favored by cotton products.
Damask woven labels

Tips on yarn thickness.

  • The thickness of polyester yarn is indicated by D(denier), like 30D, 50D, 75D, and 100D, the larger the number the thicker the yarn. The finer the yarn, the higher the density and the finer the label surface. The density of any label can be changed by adjusting the number of thread counts or the thickness of the yarn. The more thread count or the thicker the yarn, the thicker the label will be.
  • There are no more options for cotton yarn unlike polyester yarns, there is only one thickness.
Woven label with grosgrain texture

The density you want

Higher density can make the design of the clothing label more detailed and can restore the artwork to the maximum extent.

  • Satin woven labels have the lowest density and are suitable for simple designs where the graphics can reflect both a pixelated feel and a smoother effect but are not as tight as damask woven labels, where the threaded structure of the text and logo in the design is visible.
  • Damask woven has the highest density and is ideal for designs with small details and fancy patterns, it can present smooth lines and logos, and the gaps between lines are almost invisible.
  • Taffeta woven is moderately dense, with logo and text equally close to pixel style.
  • Cotton woven labels can also capture very fine details and do not appear pixelated.
Cotton woven labels

Mass Production Time

In these 4 kinds of custom woven labels, because the taffeta woven labels have the least number of threads, and mostly heat cutting, so the production time is the shortest. Satin labels, on the contrary, have the longest lead time, because they are weaving edge on 2 sides, and the output is lower than other types, so they need a longer turnaround time. The production time of the damask woven label and cotton woven labels are in between these two types.

Satin Woven Labels


Cotton > Satin > Damask > Taffeta

The type of machine, material, production process, threads thickness, and density will affect the price.

  • Since cotton is a kind of natural material, the cost is higher than chemical materials, so the price of cotton woven labels is the highest. Cotton itself is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable resource, which is one of the reasons for the popularity of cotton woven labels.
  • Satin woven label is the second most expensive because of the low output and long turnaround time.
  • Based on the points we mentioned, the price of custom damask labels ranks third among these four labels.
  • Taffeta woven label’s both appearance and density are second to satin and damask woven labels, so it is the most cost-effective choice.

A custom label is a powerful tool in crafting the perfect brand image. A seemingly simple label can actually contain a lot of content, and it’s not easy to choose which one will work best for your needs, there might even be several tries before you find what works best! If this sounds like something new territory (or just unfamiliar), don’t worry – starting off with custom damask woven labels should always get things going nicely.

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