Burnout is a popular technique that uses chemicals to dissolve natural fibers in a fabric, leaving only the synthetic fibers. This creates a considerably more sheer fabric. You can use burnout to give specific parts of fabric a textural difference from the rest of the garment. Most often it is used as a subtle pattern in the fabric, like you see to the image below, but it can also be used to give solid graphics on a t-shirt an extra pop.
When used in combination with screen printed inks, it can create interesting highs and lows in your design. See below examples of fabrics we’ve produced here at New Creation using a combination of burnout and screen printing.
Burnout is most often used in casual summer time garments due to its lightness and breathability. It’s a great way to give an otherwise plain t-shirt an interesting texture. To check out some samples of our work or to learn more about the other apparel and fabric techniques that are available at New Creation, please contact us.