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Printing

Screen Printing

Screen printing is a commonly used method of decorating textiles. As the name suggests, this method uses a screen to print the material. The screen consists of a mesh frame with a photosensitive layer over it. A film is placed on the mesh, which allows control over the amount of UV exposure to the fabric; the ink which is not exposed to any light will be washed away. The ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee, thus printing the design onto the fabric. The printing forms an additional layer on top of the fabric. Each colour used in the design has to be applied separately. There are several different types of ink that are suitable for use in screen printing. These inks vary considerably in price and quality. In general, screen printing is a relatively easy method of textile enhancement. It is very efficient as the same design can be pressed more than once. The screen printing method is suitable for both light and dark coloured textiles. Screen printing is often applied to tops and t-shirts, as it is especially efficient at creating striking logos.
Silkscreen printing

Dye-sublimation

Another way of textile processing is dye-sublimation. This method uses a heat-sensitive ink, to print the design. An applied heat causes the ink to change into a gaseous state, which permeates the molecules of the fabric. This means that the ink is permanently part of the fabric, making the textiles processed in this manner very washable. Dye-sublimation is especially suitable for light coloured textiles, although it can be used only on synthetic fabrics, such as polyester. Dye-sublimation is extensively used in the printing of full colour coolers.
sublimation printing


Machine Embroidery

A third method of enhancing textiles is embroidery. This could be done by hand, using a needle and thread to follow a design on the fabric. Nowadays, the design is usually embroidered on the fabric by a computer-controlled machine. There are a variety of embroidery stitches, which vary in density. The thickness of the embroidery yarn can also be varied. As a method of textile processing, embroidery allows many different details and colours to be incorporated into the design. Embroidery is available on almost all types of coolers. It is a relatively expensive method, but it is very durable and remains the most beautiful and long-lasting way of enhancing textiles.
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