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Printing is one of the ways of finishing fabric. Printing is one of the methods of making designs on fabric. Printing makes the fabric attractive by the application of colours in designs or patterns. Woven fabrics, Knitted Fabrics, Formed fabrics, Non-woven fabrics, leather or almost any other fabric surface can be printed.


Printing is localised application of design in the form of colour(dye paste).


Application of dye on surface of fabric as part of designs.


Application of colour/s, covering specific areas of a fabric in the required pattern or designs. 


The manner in which printing pattern is produced is referred to as the style of printing. It can be mechanical or chemical operation. The printing techniques:

• Direct

• Discharge

• Resist

The choice of printing technique is dependent on the type of fibre/s used in making fabric and the type of dye stuff that works well with the fabric. This is done so that costs are optimised, appearance of design is as best as possible and time taken is as less as possible. Examples,….

- For Cotton fibre tobe dyed with Naphthol dyes, discharge printing is used.

- For Cotton fibre dyed with Reactive dyes, resist printing is used

- For Polyester fibre dyed with Disperse dyes, discharge or resist printing is used.



Methods refer to the equipment used for producing the print. The difference between the methods is the speed with which a design is transferred to the fabric. Each method has its inherent advantages and disadvantages. A careful choice of method to use for printing needs to be made. Methods of Printing:

• Block

• Stencil

• Screen – Manual

• Screen – Automatic Flat Bed

• Screen – Rotary

• Roller

• Transfer