What is a Neck Label?

Neck labels are a commonly printed item in the garment industry because by law certain information is required. What are the requirements? Why must it be labeled on every garment? Depending upon the country you live in and/or where you plan to sell the garment, certain regulations require each garment sold have such information.

What is a Neck Label?

A neck label contains information about the garment that is on the inside rear of the garment around the neck area. These labels can be applied to the neck area by either printing (pad printing, heat transfer, or screen printing) or sewing in a label. The information on the label is largely regulated by government agencies, however, there is still a customizable aspect of label-making they allow brands and small businesses to embrace. This customization can follow brand guidelines including color and font.

The Benefit of Customizing a Neck Label

Let your brand stand out among others. Purchasing garments has largely moved to online sales. A neck label that stands out (in a good way) will not only catch the attention of the person who made the purchase, it will also serve as a reminder of where to go to order other garments. Be creative, yet professional to truly stand out.

Printed Neck Label Requirements?

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website:

Most textile and wool products must have a label listing the fiber content, the country of origin, and the identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for marketing or handling the item.

Identity of the manufacturer

The identity of the manufacturer or another business responsible for marketing or handling the item must be listed on the neck label. The Registered Identification Number (RN) can be used instead if it has been issued. An RN is only issued to US manufacturers. It is not required to do business in the U.S. You may replace an existing label with your own name, however, the new label must still list the original manufacturer and all of the required information of the original label.

Fiber content

The neck label must contain the generic fiber names and percentages by weight of each constituent fiber must be listed in descending order of predominance. Only applied to fibers in yarns, fabrics, clothing, and other household items. If part of the product is made from non-fibrous material – such as plastic, glass, wood, paint, metal or leather – such as zippers, buttons, and beads, you don’t have to include that information.

Country of Origin

Imported products must identify the country where the products were processed or manufactured. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection have their own set of rules regulating labeling requirements such as an unfinished product must be labeled, unlike FTC regulations where labeling only applies to finished products.

The regulations in this article are for the United States and for any garments sold within the country. All countries have varying regulations, so please check before you start labeling.


Your neck label template should look something like this:

When finished the label should look like this:      


What Type of Garments Must Follow Neck Label Requirements

• Clothing, except for hats and shoes

• Handkerchiefs

• Scarves

• Bedding, including sheets, covers, blankets, comforters, pillows, pillowcases, quilts, bedspreads and pads (but not outer coverings for mattresses or box springs)

• Curtains and casements

• Draperies

• Tablecloths, napkins and doilies

• Floor coverings: rugs, carpets and mats

• Towels, washcloths and dishcloths

• Ironing board covers and pads

• Umbrellas and parasols

• Bats or batting

• Flags with heading or that are bigger than 216 square inches

• Cushions

• All fibers, yarns, and fabrics, but not packaging ribbons

• Furniture slipcovers and other furniture covers

• Afghans and throws

• Sleeping bags

• Antimacassars (doilies)

• Hammocks

• Dresser and other furniture scarves


Care Label Descriptions

In addition to the required information on a neck label, care information is posted to inform the consumer or the cleaning service on how to take care of the garment. Common information includes wash, dry, and iron information.


Washing Symbol

Wash at or below 30 °C (USA, 1 dot, ●)

Wash at or below 40 °C (USA, 2 dots, ●●)

Wash at or below 50 °C (USA, 3 dots, ●●●)

Wash at or below 60 °C (USA, 4 dots, ●●●●)

Hand wash

Do not wash


Bleaching symbol (allowed for both chlorine and non-chlorine bleach)

Bleaching with chlorine allowed (obsolete)

Non-chlorine bleach when needed

Do not bleach

Do not bleach


Tumble drying symbol

Tumble drying (low temperature)

Tumble drying (normal)

Do not tumble dry

Natural Drying symbol

Line dry

Dry flat

Drip dry

Dry in the shade

Line dry in the shade

Dry flat in shade

Drip dry in shade


Ironing symbol

Iron at low temperature

Iron at medium temperature

Iron at high temperature

Do not iron

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning symbol

Dry clean, hydrocarbon solvent only (HCS)

Gentle cleaning with hydrocarbon solvents

Very gentle cleaning with hydrocarbon solvents

Dry clean, tetrachloroethylene (PCE) only

Gentle cleaning with PCE

Very gentle cleaning with PCE

Do not dry clean

Professional wet cleaning

Gentle wet cleaning

Very gentle wet cleaning

Do not wet clean

Designing a neck label can be a fun and creative way to make your brand stick out. Always remember to check government regulations such as the FTC’s website regarding what must be on your label. If you have any questions about your neck label, please contact us.

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