Most shirt designs sit inside careful boundaries, confined to a portion of the shirt. One way to break away from traditional t-shirt design is all-over printing. You’ve undoubtedly seen all over prints, which cover the entire shirt, or at least one side of it. All over designs are literally all over the shirt, but how is it accomplished? The answer is complex, engrossing, and perfectly suited for a blog entry.
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.
When it comes to reducing your impact on the environment, the clothes you purchase don’t always come to mind. Sure, you can re-use torn clothing, or opt for second-hand. But if you want to order custom made t-shirts, is there a way to make sure they are eco-friendly?
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.