Dazzle is a type of polyester fabric that is widely used in making clothes such as basketball uniforms, football (both gridiron and association) uniforms, rugby uniforms, and casual clothing, because it absorbs moisture quickly. It is a lightweight fabric that allows air to circulate easily around the body.
Dazzle fabric is distinguished by the pattern of tiny holes in the weave of the material. Often made of synthetic fibers as well as cotton/synthetic blends, dazzle wear is usually sleek and shiny. To the touch, dazzle is soft and somewhat silky, although it is far more sturdy than silk.
Dazzle fabric is also used in some other applications, baby carriages and car seats are sometimes lined with dazzle fabric, and decorators have even incorporated dazzle fabric into window treatments such as swags and drapery panels.
Dazzle fabric does not stain very easily. Laundering a garment that is made of dazzle fabric on the normal cycle is usually sufficient to keep the garment in top condition. Air-drying or a few minutes in a dryer will usually produce a crisp and wrinkle free look. Dazzle fabric holds its shape very well and requires only basic maintenance.
Compared to other fabrics, dazzle is even more durable than denim because of the tightly woven polyester fibers, which make it nearly impossible to tear.