For a process that is ancient printing on fabric has gone through a very rapid period of development and change in the last ten years.
Screen-printing fabric using flat screens has been the well-established technique for applying color and design to fabric until recently. This process was suitable for medium to large runs. For very high volume, rotary screen-printing was the normal process. The set up costs to engrave and produce the screens were very high but because of the size of runs they were the most economic.
Small runs were not economic using either of these techniques for fabric printing. This made the small runs very expensive because of the high set up costs and in the flag and banner market small runs were usually either hand printed, appliqued or embroidered.
Then along came the new technique of fabric printing. Digital fabric printing introduced a completely new concept whereby small runs could be done at a far lower cost. Printing digitally onto fabrics made from polyester has now reached new heights thanks to continuous development work by fabric manufacturers who are dedicated to this form of printing on fabric.
Stunning results are now being achieved on fabrics and this can be seen in a wide range of applications from home furnishings, Textile Industry, Home Bed Sheets & Pillows, Sarees ans Suits etc. Printing on fabric for this ever increasing range of applications demands careful and continuous research and development.