The Textile and Wool Acts were passed in the United States to help regulate clothing labels for garments that are being sold commercially. This means if you import, manufacture, offer to sell, distribute, sell or advertise products that are covered under these acts, you are liable to follow the labeling requirements that were set down when you create and attach clothing labels, name labels or other labels for clothing.
The items that are covered under the act include, but are not limited to:
- Clothing, exempting shoes and hats
- Scarves and handkerchiefs
- Bedding, including blankets, covers, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, quilts, comforters, bedspreads and pads
- Floor Coverings
- Dishcloths, washcloths and towels
- Furniture slip covers
- Sleeping bags
- Hammocks and much more
It is important to note that products containing any amount of wool, whether they are intended to be used as clothing or were made for another use, are covered.
Here are a few of the main regulations that you are required to follow.
- You may only label fibers that comprise five percent or more of the fabric, unless that fabric has an obvious, significant functional role, like spandex.
- Fibers that don’t necessarily have a functional significance must be labeled with the aggregate percentage.
- If the garment is made entirely of one fabric, except for the trimming, you can note this. For instance, if your wool shirt has satin trimming that comprises 15 percent of the shirt, the label can say ‘100% wool excluding decoration,’ or ‘all wool except for decoration.’
- If linings are used for structural purposes only, you don’t need to disclose the fiber content of those pieces of the garment. You may if you wish, however.