Digital printing can be produced on many bases from Nylons and technical polyesters used in Swimwear and Athleisure to natural fabrics using Cottons, silks and linens. We are able to print for ranges as diverse as mens shirtings on cotton poplin to home furnishings on cotton canvas.
Below is a materials resource:
Cotton is the most widely produced natural fiber on the planet. Cotton fibers come from cotton plants. Specifically, they grow from the seed coat—the outer layer of the cotton plant's seeds. Before they can be turned into sheets or t-shirts, the cotton seeds must first be separated from the plant, and then the fibers from the seeds.
From the flax plant, Linen is a bast fiber. Known to be crisper than cotton, linen becomes supple through handling. It gains elegance and softens to a the most fluid drape. Though it is has more natural texture than cotton. Natural fibers love water. and Linen is thought of as a natures wicking fibre.. It can gain up to 20% moisture before it will begin to feel damp.
Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre that is made from trees it is derived from the ‘cellulose’ or wood pulp from fast growing, regenerative trees such as eucalyptus, beech and pine, as well as plants such as bamboo, soy and sugar cane. This cellulose material is then dissolved in a chemical solution to produce a pulpy viscous substance, which is then spun into fibres that can then be made into threads.
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics (not the same as Panda food) is easily replenished and requires no pesticides to grow. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants
Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests.
Hemp creates one of the most eco friendly fabrics in the world. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen. It is a renewable resource that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and is the world’s most versatile fibre.
Silk is widely regarded as the most luxurious textile on the planet. The most abundant form of silk, a natural protein fibre, is cultivated from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae. Silkworms lay eggs on special paper and eat only fresh mulberry leaves. Thirty-five days after hatching, the silkworms begin spinning their cocoons. Each cocoon yields 1,000 yards of raw silk thread, which is then spun to produce a “yarn” of silk. The process is time-consuming and delicate, which explains the high cost of silk.
Wool gives superior performance to man-made fibres, and as wool is a naturally occurring fibre it brings so many other amazing benefits: Wool is hypoallergenic - it is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew that can trigger allergic reactions in many people.It absorbs harmful pollutants - not only does wool absorb many harmful pollutants from the air, it does not re-emit them. It's estimated that wool used in interiors can help purify the air for 30 years - Wool is a naturally renewable fibre - what could be more natural than wool? Each year sheep produce a fleece, making wool a natural and renewable resource, as yet, no one has been able to reproduce the properties of wool synthetically.
Among the most popular fabric options for fashion, design, and interiors is the renowned polyester. It is made by mixing ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid but basically, polyester is a kind of plastic. Today there is an increased environmental need to move towards recycled polyesters.
Polyamide fabric, also known as nylon fabric, is a form of plastic. Polyamide fabric, like Polyester fabric, is a polymer. It is manufactured through a chemical process. Nylon is often used for its water proof quality. Like polyester there are now moves towards recycled forms (Econyl a regenerated nylon yarn)especially seen in swimwear .
It is a knit fabric . It can be made from wool, cotton or synthetic fibres. It is often used for T-shirts, tops, and dresses. Jersey is a weft-knit fabric that is also called plain knit or single knit. Some sources claim the term "jersey" is used loosely to refer to any knitted fabric without a distinct rib.
Econyl® - 100% regenerated nylon fiber from post-consumer materials. Due to the latest yarn and knitting technologies, it is 20% flatter than your normal Matt Nylon LYCRA, even though it still has the same classic power and coverage. Thanks to its innovative construction and presence of Xtra Life LYCRA®, is more chlorine resistant than your average swimwear fabric.
The fabric is ecofriendly, with the aim of promoting a global respect of the environment. This starts from the production process and extends to the final user. Jersey Lomellina has committed to make its production cycle absolutely transparent from raw materials to the delivery of fabrics.