More than 95% of the clothing sold in the United States is imported from abroad — but recent data shows “Made in USA” is trying to make a comeback.

Production rapidly shifted away from the U.S. in the 1990s, when about half of the nation’s clothing was domestically manufactured, says Pietra Rivoli, an economist at Georgetown University and author of “The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.”

In the ‘90s, trade rules “liberalized” with key changes like China joining the World Trade Organization, she says.

“The U.S. went from having quantitative limits on how much apparel could be imported from a variety of countries to having those limits go away,” she says. “Basically, the gate kind of opened.” Read More