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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sarong Material: Opacity

When it comes our sarong fabric, we get a lot of this question: 'is this material see through?' We want to talk about opacity and help our customers understand the level of transparency when it comes to sarong fabrics. Most of our sarongs are the 'lightweight' top quality sarong rayon fabric and can be found throughout our store

We choose lightweight fabrics because they are easier to drape and tie. The lighter a sarong, the better it falls freely and gracefully on your body. The more breathable a sarong, the more wonderful it feels during those warm and breezy summer days. Not to mention the softer it feels on your skin! Some customers may ask, what is lightweight? 



To answer your question: No, our sarongs are not see through but are light weight and thinner and can allow more light to pass through. The opacity of a sarong fabric is dependent on the thread count, which is the number of threads woven into one square inch of fabric. The higher thread count there is the thicker a fabric is. We carry two styles and the best way to know the difference is in the code.

Most of our sarongs are the lightweight top quality rayon with a thread count of 70/42 or 68/38. These are denoted with a KD in the code, such as 'SARONG-KD-SOLID-BLACK'. Our other sarong fabric that we carry are the rayon fabric with a thread count of 80/60 which is a top quality heavier weight but still light enough to everyday wear. This sarong fabric has a PT in the code. For example 'SARONG-PT-DRAGON'.

Higher Opacity and More Coverage

Here are a few tips and tricks when it comes to sarong materials:


Lavender Sarong & Abstract Tiki Sarong in Purple and Pink


1) Pattern and Prints

If you like more opacity with sarong fabrics, we suggest pattern print sarongs for that extra opacity. The prints can help create an 'illusion' to 'blur' the edges of your body curves. The attention of the fabric will go to the beautiful patterns and not your body. 



2) Color Shades

The color of the fabric can also affect the opacity of a fabric. Darker color shade of sarongs are less see through than lighter colors. For example, a white sarong would be more see through than a black sarong under direct sun light. 

3) Thicker Fabric

Remember, it's all about thread counts! Try heavier materials like our cotton sarongs that are less see through than lightweight sarong fabrics like rayon. 

Check out our FAQ if you want more information. Next up.. we're going to talk about the sheerness of our other lightweight sarong fabric, sheer sarongs. Stay tuned!
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