Digital Printing

Digital Printing

Nicoco uses digital printing to apply the artwork onto fabrics using digital printing technology. This process allows for high-quality, detailed prints with vibrant colours and intricate designs.

Here's a general overview of how digital printing onto natural fabrics works:

  • Our team selects the artwork which is licensed from the artist.  

  • The artwork is then converted into a digital file format compatible with the printing machine and usually transformed into a running pattern by a graphic artist.  Common file formats include JPEG, PNG, or TIFF.

  • Before printing, the fabric may need to be pre-treated with a special coating or primer to enhance the print quality and ensure proper ink absorption. The specific pre-treatment process varies depending on the printing system and inks used.

  • The pre-treated fabric is fed into a digital textile printer. This printer uses inkjet technology to print the design onto the fabric. The printer sprays tiny droplets of ink onto the fabric, creating the desired pattern or image. The inks used for cotton fabric are typically water-based or pigment inks, which are designed to bond well with natural fibres.

  • After printing, the fabric needs to be dried and cured to set the ink. This can be done using various methods, such as heat pressing or steam curing, depending on the ink and printer specifications. Curing ensures that the print becomes permanent and durable.

  • Once the fabric is completely dry and cured, any excess ink or residue is removed, and the fabric is washed or ironed to enhance the feel and appearance of the print.

Digital printing onto natural fibres offers several advantages:

  • Precise and detailed prints with vibrant colours and complex designs.

  • The process is relatively fast, making it suitable for both small-scale and large-scale production.

  • Digital printing enables customisation, allowing you to print unique designs or even personalised items.

  • And very importantly, unlike most printing techniques,  digital printing does not require setup or plate-making, resulting in less waste of ink, water, and fabric

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