Textile printing is the process of applying colored designs to a fabric. It uses almost the same technology as a general printer but instead uses cloth or textile as a medium. These fabrics are intended to be used in clothing and textile products.
Textile printing equipment has become advanced so that multiple colors and designs can now be added to a fabric, though printing on clothes is a process that should not be rushed. The slow printing process however can be quickened by using wide rolled fabrics and parallel printing into it. Textile printing can be applied to sportswear, leisure wear, workwear, uniforms, bags and curtains.
Many textile printing equipment consists of wide format printers with a roll of fabric behind. The design is fed into the computer and an ink-carrier moves back and forth to print into the fabric while the fabric is drawn by the printer. Ink bleeding is prevented by using a non-bleeding mechanism that uses a chemical bonding while pre-heating the fabric. Properly printed clothing can resist washing and friction because the color is bonded with the fabric itself. Clothing and textile printers offer a variety of services including digital printing, custom designed, screen printing and dye sublimation.