By Dr K S Murthy, Pidilite Industries Ltd
‘Clean and Green Garment Processing’, the SDC EC organised seminar was attended by 110 delegates comprising processors, brand/retailers, entrepreneurs, special guests, faculty and students. The event covered the challenges faced by the dyehouse in optimising water for the coloration of textiles and the role of the retailer. A panel discussion on “Who Pays?” followed with participation of representatives from industries including Atul Ltd, Archroma, MIDC, Brand Aniket, Wash-n-Wear and Spykar Jeans.
With thanks to SDC member Richard W Horobin, School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, for writing this blog.
Old dyes? Just look in the Colour IndexTM and you may be surprised by how many dyes were first synthesised and manufactured in the nineteenth century. And, maybe, surprised again by realising how many of these dyes were never been manufactured on any significant scale, or were soon superseded by superior products, or were for various reasons abandoned as industrial colorants.
With thanks to Gavin Thatcher, Standfast and Barracks, who takes a look at the “New Manufacturing” of Printed Textiles in the United Kingdom.
Textile print sampling and the emergence of digital printing
Digital printing was introduced to the textile industry in the late 1990s as an alternative to sampling for bulk production which had very high waste costs.
In practice, of course, the digitally printed sample could never quite match the “analogue” traditionally printed version and whilst the introduction of digitally printed samples definitely improved the times taken in the preproduction process, it never completely replaced the traditional methods of sampling.
However, the technique earned its place in the development stage of the production process and the seed had been planted for a bulk digital textile printing machine.