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Cotton and most other fibers do not start life WHITE. They are usually some shade of off-white or beige. The first step in making them WHITE is to wash (scour) it, the second step would be to bleach it and the last step, dye it with Optic whiteners.

All fabrics are washed, some are bleached and some are both bleached and optically whitened. In the industry, fabric to be dyed is not usually optically whitened because the optic whitener is like a white dye and occupies the same molecular space that the colored dye should occupy.

In our experience we can't tell the difference in the color of dyed fabric which had or had not been optically whitened. But that's just us.

We offer fabrics that have and have not been bleached and or optically whitened. They all dye just fine.


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You can combine cotton and rayon clothing & accessories to get the greatest discounts. Your discount is figured on the total number of cotton and rayon items we ship, not how many of each type, style or size. Mix and match them to get the best discount.

Example; adding 1 each of 12 different T-shirts in size Large should give you the 12+ price on all 12 shirts.

Example; adding 12 pieces of 4 different sizes of a garment should give you the 36+ price on all 4 sizes.

Some products may be excluded from discounts, and / or may discount only with themselves. If you have any questions at all please contact us toll free at 800-542-5227 (no buttons, just humans).

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