FROM COTTON TO CUSTOMER – THE MAKING OF YOUR T-SHIRTS
Posted on October 15 2020
T-shirts are durable, classic, and versatile garments with mass appeal.
A very staple closet item, present in almost every age group alike. From colors to designs, t-shirts have come a long way today.
The life of a T-Shirt begins in cotton fields. These 100% cotton raw materials can be found in polyester or a polyester-cotton blend as final products. Fabric uses vary depending on the designers choice of material and budget
Choice of fabric…
Fabric uses vary depending on the choice of material, the pattern and the budget involved in making the t-shirt. Designers choose from stretchable knit fabrics or jersey options, which is comparatively inexpensive and great for screen printing and heat applications.
Before a T-shirt is stocked by your favourite retailer, it goes through several processes of quality check, inspection processes.
Starts from the fields and heads towards the Gin
The cotton balls are put into a gin where the usable cotton is mechanically separated from the seeds and chaff. Today’s technology has helped us with higher productivity and less labour intensive work than previous methods used back in the time.
Next up, from Spinner to Loom
Cotton ball fibres are spun at a facility where they are carded, combed and blended. Before the carding stage, which involves separating the fibres into loose strands, the cotton is taken off a picking machine. The spun cotton is then knit on a loom into a rough greyish fabric.
Wet processing of the cotton
The fabric is treated with heat and chemicals where it takes on its final touch and appearance. Printing, and dyeing are the main processes involved here.
At this stage, the fabric goes through inspection for grey textile. Fabrics are “finished” to the desired softness and colouring in this stage.
Cut and Sew stage
Here the desired design is cut and shaped, which further goes into stitching before making it completely ready for further processes.
Transforming into a Perfect Print
Screen-printing designs are finalized at this stage, if there are any. From pantone colors, sizing, placement, and ink type are all confirmed. Each color in the artwork is separated and printed onto clear film
The screen printing process
The final design print is done after confirming numerous process. The design is mass printed on the t-shirt material. The screens are registered into place on an automatic screen press that can print multiple copies simultaneously.
The final process
Post this, these are stacked onto our warehouses where they are shipped to customers as per the requirements.
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