Digital Fabric Printing
Diana Ballard Designs
Custom Fabric Designs
|I have the capabilities to do two different types of dyes at this time. I am able to use Acid Dyes and Fiber Reactive Dyes. They both have different types of fabrics they work with and different qualities in the finished look.
Acid Dyes: I am using Ciba/Huntsman Acid Dyes. They work on silk, protein fibers (wool, cashmere, alpaca, etc.), and polyamide(nylon). They are bright, attractive shades with excellent wash and light fastness properties. They have the best range for printing fine designs on silk and fashionable patterns on polyamide.
Fiber Reactive Dyes: I am using Ciba/Huntsman Fiber Reative Dyes. They work on cotton, cellulose fibers (linen, ramie, hemp, bamboo, etc.), viscose (rayon, tencel, etc.), and silk. Since it can dye silk it will work on blends which include hemp/silk and cotton/silk. These dyes have exceptional physical properties that ensure excellent runnability, color consistency, brightness and saturation.
Post Treatments: Steaming is necessary for acid and reactive dyes in order for the fixing agent to act and cause the dye to go into the fiber. The time for the process is relative to the specific variables involved, such as the fiber type, the brand of dye, and the fabric coating formula. Acid dyes, however, generally require a longer steaming period than do reactive dyes.
Washing is necessary in almost all cases of dyeing and printing in order to remove excess dye particles that are attached to the surface of the fabric and cause crocking.