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In this post we’re exploring the history of screen printing, which appears a murky topic until the last century, when the process really took off.

Most accounts put the birth of screen printing in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE), while there are strong claims for the origination of the technique by other cultures around the Mediterranean. During the Song Dynasty, the screens/stencils that were used for prints included block shapes held in place by human hair in a wooden frame. Hair is sufficiently strong and fine to support the stencils, while allowing ink to reach the substrate.

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Before I started to learn about fabrics, I never paid any heed to different materials, especially when it came to dress shirts. All button down shirts were more or less the same in my mind. If it looks good, then the material should make no difference.

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Do you remember the days before the term “moisture wicking” was part of the modern lexicon? Those were the days of scratchy wool, an uncomfortable situation for many. Fortunately, fabrics have progressed.

A quick recap for those who are just noticing the moisture wicking movement: moisture wicking fabrics move moisture, from sweat, away from the skin. Sweating is a natural thermoregulation mechanism of your body, but when sweat remains next to your skin in cooler temperatures, it can lead to hypothermia. It doesn’t have to be very cold, since most hypothermia cases happen around 50 degrees F.

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A suit and tie isn’t always the most appropriate attire for most businesses. On the other hand, T-shirts certainly don’t bespeak professionalism. Nothing says business casual like a polo. Polos are the chameleon of the business shirt world, equally at home meeting clients at a café and delivering a presentation to the Board of Directors. That might be a stretch. Still, there are many situations where a polo is appropriate. And almost as many choices for polo materials at DFC Screen Printing.

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