The Lumi Process is currently making waves in the niche of fabric printing. This printing technique, which primarily caters to natural materials and textiles, employs the easily-mixed, easily-diluted, water-based coloring called Inkodye. Now what exactly makes this fad popular amongst fabric printing enthusiasts?
Inkodye is a relatively new tool in the fabric printing process, and is quite known for its capacity to permanently fix or bind its color to a wide array of absorbent fabrics, and through the use of sunlight. Cotton, silk, jute, linen, burlap, raw leather, wool, hemp, unglazed ceramics, and even unprocessed wood are just some of the materials which work well with Inkodye. It can also be employed on less popular materials like rayon, viscose, and modal, as well as other semi-synthetic textile of cellulosic properties. The limitations of Inkodye include synthetic fibers like nylon, polyester, as well as unnatural and unabsorbent surfaces like glass, plexiglass, metal, and acrylic.
Moreover, this fabric dye cannot be used on dark or black materials. The most recommended materials that would exhaust the photographic effects of Inkodye are those that can be washed using fabric detergent and hot water—these are known to allow certain areas of any given print to stay as undeveloped as required by the design.
For those who wish to create very specific chromes, Inkodye colors can be mixed and matched to achieve just that. The same color mixing and matching principles applied to paint can be used for Inkodye, and the product can also be combined with water to come up with lighter tones.
Perhaps one of the most notable aspects of Inkodye is how its end product can be handwashed, or even bleach-washed. Vat dyes, considered as the most enduring of all dye variants, have been used to formulate Inkodye hence they are sure to stick on a given material despite repeat washing, unlike other dye formulas.
Since Lumi printing with the use of Inkodye owes greatly to available and direct sunlight for the dyeing process to be completed, it is most advisable that the printing coincide with an agreeable weather. Although an overcast weather can still facilitate the printing process, such scenario would obviously take longer. For someone who is quite short in time and patience perhaps, such arrangement would understandably cause unnecessary irritation.
The negatives used in the Lumi process, for as long as they are not yet badly wrinkled, can be employed for a maximum of 20 times, therefore it best caters to business-minded individuals who wish to take more from their startup investment and enhance profit from their dyed crafts.
Advantages of Inkodye/Lumi Printing
Energy reduction – There are many obvious benefits to this novel printing process. First and foremost is the fact that if offers a way to reduce the usage of energy, and instead, employs natural sunlight to aid the fabric printing process. This is something most environmental advocates would deem commendable, while on the part of the individual doing the lumi printing, they are allowed with a much needed penny-pinching opportunity.
High quality prints – Another important thing that should be duly noted is how the Lumi process alongside the Inkodye product, are able to achieve photo-quality prints that can showcase an impressive range of color tonality as opposed to merely giving off half-tone designs. This means that fabric prints are as vivid as they come, and that image quality is not compromised due to insufficient chrome or tonality options. Lastly, color permanence on your chosen natural fabric is ensured, thus, whether you are working on a project for self-usage, or you are on a profit-driven craft-making exercise, you or your potential customers are bound to get considerably satisfied with the printing process’ output.
Tips to Aspiring Entrepreneurs
The lumi printing process is another must-consider business prospect, especially for individuals equipped with a creative streak. Armed with an eye for detail and design, aspiring entrepreneurs can now invest on a startup fabric printing business with a minimal overhead cost.
Several online sites sell the lumi process printing kit complete with the requisite Inkodye colors, and some of these online shops even offer the product in marked down prices. In terms of fabric, online wholesale suppliers abound, and they, too, offer wholesale discounts and price promos.
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Written by Jov A., a writer and consultant at Color Tex Inc. He is also a student who is currently taking up his masteral studies in Creative Writing.