Printing Natural Fabric
Silk Screen printing in Bali is a process of screening dyes across using wooden frames with stencilled mesh screens for each colour of every print. It’s a popular technique for lovers of hand work. The name “Silk Screen” comes from using silk for the mesh thousands of years ago.
Printing by hand, is by far the longest process we handle.
If your requesting prints on natural fabric, then these need to be handled at the start of sampling as a priority.
Screen printing is a process of layering colours, one on top of the other, building up the desired print colour by colour. The screens are constructed wooden frames that fit exactly onto the tables & cost $70 each per colour. Therefore, should you have a three-colour motif, this would cost $210 to make the screens + the cost to print the motif.
Selecting your Prints
The selection & creation of prints can be a challenge for many. It’s more often nowadays that prints are purchased online. The websites we most commonly use to find our prints, www.shutterstock.com or https://www.123rf.com/.
Type into the top bar some descriptive words like “tropical flower pattern” & select Vector format. You will now find a whole array of prints pertaining to your request that you can select from. Make your selection & forward over to us as a link via email. We then check that the print/s are repeatable & workable. At this point either we can or you can, purchase. Buying prints this way is a professional costs effective & fast way to get started into the world of print.
We only accept up to four colours. If, for example your background is one colour & the print on top is only one colour, that’s classified as a one screen print. In this case we would plain dye the background & add the print to the top.
The background colour must be lighter than the top screen colour.
Handing over your prints
We require the Artwork (your prints) in EPS, AI, PDF file, high resolution 300dpi, Vector format, to scale & repeatable. To scale means we need to know the size in cm of the repeat. Should you send in TIFF format, we cannot edit the colours should you request.
Purchasing from such sites a Shutterstock, in the majority of cases come formatted ready to work, so no need concern yourself should this all sound rather complex. As long as before purchase you forward over to us your desired prints, we will assist & handle the necessary technical details.
For each & every colour that’s in any print, we require a colour reference.
As the international plain colour standard is Pantone, it’s that we use.
HOW TO SELECT PANTONES
It’s quite simple & quick to find your Pantone colour references.
The motif below has three predominate colours Black, Orange & blue.
Type into Google “Pantone bright orange” & you should find this: - https://tinyurl.com/yxsy6aq9
Now repeat this process for black & light pink
You will notice the background is very light pink, which we plain dye first. We then add the black outlines & black flower leaves in one screen. Then we print pink on top & finally orange flowers.
Final Print - Plain dyed fabric + 3 screens.
The print above repeated at 30cm intervals.
What we can’t print
Prints like the below cannot be silk screen printed. These prints would be classified as digital.
Prints such as these in Vector format & perfectly suitable
Any print you find you like; send over & we will tell you if we can handle & the work involved.
Some are free, some chargeable
Any motif or print can be printed in more than one colour way. If you are familiar with Spell designs from Byron Bay in AUS, they would use their screens of any print, for example, using pink, blue, & red, then using the same screens, would proceed to strike of more earthy tones, like brown, cream & green. This method not only reduced screen costs, but also added more prints or colour ways to their collections that they would introduce throughout the year.
Production – 100 meters per colour & fabric
MOQ – Clothing pieces 500 per PO, can be a selection of plains & prints. 50 pieces per style & 10 pieces per size & colour.
Once all sampling, plain or prints approved is relatively straight forward. The difficulty is sampling.
As all things of this nature, the devils in the detail. Once we are clear on fabrics, designs, colours or prints, the rest is very straight forward.
Time line: 6 weeks from print or plain fabric in our hand.
So thats it in a nutshell. If you need more data & require to speak to a specialist in clothing production, then fill our Call Back Form & set up a one to one video call
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