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Woven and Printed Care Labels




Another common type of clothing label found on upward of 95% of clothing—with the exception of most brands of socks—is the care label. This type of clothing label displays washing instructions to aid in proper care of the garment.


Many times a small label is used—dedicated to displaying washing instructions—such as the examples shown below.

Care labels for clothing

Plain care labels are more commonly printed on satin material due to their simplicity and small text. However, they are not limited to printing; they can also be woven.

Some designers opt to display care instructions on their branding clothing labels, as the examples below depict.

Care Labels with brand

Care labels with branding information are more commonly woven on damask or taffeta material due to higher color requirements; however they can be printed as well.


What do laundry care symbols mean?

Display of Washing Instructions

Washing instructions on clothing labels are mostly composed in user-friendly sentences; however, sometimes when you look at a care label, all you see are hieroglyphics—boxes with dots and lines; a hand giving a water container a high-five; and the very curious hovering, UFO-styled iron graphic.

What do all these symbols mean? The last thing you want is for your customer to reach into the dryer and pull out that argyle sweater her Auntie Clo gave her, only to find that it’s now a perfect fit for her long-haired Chihuahua.


Laundry Care sybmol for woven and printedlabels

Laundry Care Symbols Debugged

Your customers will more than likely prefer to read their washing instructions in plain English sentences (after all, they’ve been reading this way since the first grade). However, we know sometimes this isn’t appropriate. Your clothing label may be too small to accommodate large amounts of text, or perhaps you’re going for a minimalist look and feel. Thankfully, we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet.

Rather than your customer holding her breath, throwing the garment in with the colors, and hoping for the best, you and she now know that the hovering UFO iron is alerting you to iron the clothing with no steam.

Feel free to print out the guide to the left and mail it to your customers! Simply click on the thumbnail for the full-sized image.

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