Sarongs can come in a wide variety of fabrics each with it's own features and "look". Let's examine the top 5 fabric choices for a sarong.
Polyester Sarongs aka Georgette,Chiffon,and Terivoile
A large portion of sarongs are made out of polyester because of it's lightweight, flowing qualities and wrinkle resistance. For some, polyester can have a negative image but sarongs made of this fabric are quite beautiful and glamorous. Polyester takes print and color well making even the most intricate printed sarongs look fabulous. Polyester is also quick drying; it only take a few minutes for your sarong to dry once wet and there are never concerns about your sarong "bleeding" into your swimsuit. Polyester sarongs are machine/hand washable. Polyester sarongs come in wide range of colors and styles making this a great choice.
Cotton is also another popular fabric for sarongs. Cotton sarongs tend to be more casual and come in both a traditional rectangular style and the more modern sarong with the built in tie. This fabric can take on many looks, it can can be smooth or crinkled (gauze). Cotton sarongs come in solid colors or can be printed. Key benefits of a cotton sarong are comfort, durability, quick drying, and also light weight. A cotton is machine/hand washable but does not offer as much wrinkle resistance as some of the other fabrics.
Mesh sarongs are made out of a blend of polyester and Lycra. The fabric consists of hundreds of small open circles woven into each other. This allows for a transparent effect that allows a swimsuit to show underneath. The Lyra blend gives a mesh sarong some "give" or stretch. Like polyester, mesh is very lightweight, takes color and print with vibrancy, and is quick drying. This machine washable fabric is extremely durable, you can even go in the water wearing a mesh sarong. If you are looking for a sarongs that allows your swimsuit to be a feature, a mesh sarong is a great choice.
Silk is still a popular fabric for sarongs because of it's luxurious feel. This fabric feels extremely soft and smooth to the touch. Silk is also a solid fabric offering the wearer 100% coverage, a silk sarong cannot be seen through. Like other sarongs, silk can be either solid or printed. The biggest drawback to this fabric is it's care and durability. Some silk sarongs are dry clean only and you'll have to be cautious about getting too much water on the fabric, it could stain.
Rayon is a natural fiber made out of cellulose and is very close to cotton. Rayon sarongs are very popular because the fabric is soft,smooth,and comfortable. Like cotton,rayon sarongs are also more casual in appearance often having fringe. Many rayon sarongs are hand made with designs that are painted or batik but also come solid. Rayon is durable but can shrink or crinkle with washing making most rayon sarongs dry clean only.
Of course, you may find a sarong in another fabric however, these top five represent over 75% of the apparel market.
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