Is it colorfast? Fruit of the Loom's HD Cotton after 5, 30, 50, and 100 washes.

August 04, 2017 2 min read 2 Comments

Fruit of the Loom: HD Cotton

Say hello to the 3931, one of Fruit of the Loom's best offerings for printing. Why? Because the 3931 is made with 100% preshrunk, HD cotton--high density cotton--meaning the 3931 is a superior product for image and logo clarity. This is one of our best wholesale blank t-shirts!

Here's how it works: t-shirts like the 3931 are made of woven, knit, or bonded fabrics--in this instance, cotton fibers that were spun from raw maters to produce threads. The threads are then woven to a tight, high-cotton density.  

A simple, up-close look at the warp and weft patterns of a lattice.  The "warp" lines run vertically throughout the pattern, while the"weft" threads move laterally. A high number of warp and weft yarns in a pattern leads to a fine, tight weave.  

By Alfred Barlow, Ryj, PKM - Adapted from The History and Principles of Weaving by Hand and by Power by , 1878, S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London., CC BY-SA 3.0,

An up-close look at the weave pattern of the 3931. Simply put, the higher the warp and weft count, the denser the fabric. The denser the fabric, the clearer the print job. If you want your company's logo or your personally designed image to show up in clear definition, and you want 100% cotton, choose a fabric with a fine, tight weave.  


HD Cotton Weave


But what about durability? Is a high density fabric "colorfast"? 

To answer this question, we took one of our large, royal blue 3931 t-shirts and wore it, washed it, wore it some more, washed it again, then again and again, worked in it, took it to the beach, mowed the lawn and wiped our sweat on its sleeves, spilled food on it, stretched it, covered it in cat fur, then washed it again.   Then we took pictures of it.  

Our goal is to track how colorfast the 3931 is over a period of time.  As of right now, this shirt has been used and abused and washed multiple times in cold water on regular settings with high-efficiency detergent over a period of 4 months.  

As we continue to the colorfast test, we'll continue to update this post.  As of right now, here are the before and after shots:

After 5 washes

After 5 washes, HD Cotton Tee

Verdict: No change. As good as new.

After 30 washes

Verdict: The color is still vibrant but has started to fade. Coloring is probably within 80-85% of its original hue.

After 40 washes

Coming soon!

After 50 washes

Coming soon!

We'll continue to track until this shirt is nothing but a pile of tattered rags.  Until then, we'll upload as many photos as we can, keeping careful track of fit, form, and coloring.  Our goal is to help you know exactly what you're getting, from the moment you put the shirt on to the 100th time you toss in the hamper.  


Comments?  We'd love to know how your 3931 or high-density t-shirt is holding up, so drop us a line or hit us up on social media. 

The Bulkthreads team

2 Responses

Bulkthreads Team
Bulkthreads Team

December 19, 2023

Hi there! What color was the t-shirt? Some colors for, say, the 3931 aren’t 100% cotton because certain colors, like heathers, require a blend. Ash is 92% cotton. Safety colors and neons are 50/50. Maybe that’s the issue?

Ron J S
Ron J S

December 19, 2023

Too bad you cannot load attachments to this. A pic would save many words. I have a T-shirt that has printing on it. It says FRUIT OF THE LOOM and right below that there is a bold red horizontal line. Below this line are the words HD Cotton. Now under the tag, behind it, is another tag. It states the garment is 50% cotton and 50% polyester. So, why does it have HD cotton on the bottom part of the Fruit of the Loom tag? The website… states HD Cotton is 100% cotton. The label says otherwise.
Please set me straight.

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