Ways to Decorate Organic Apparel
From experience, here’s the best main methods we like to use for decorating organic apparel. These are your classic and time tested ones. The reason why it’s so popular is because, simply, it works and looks great.
Method number one is screen printing. Step outside and take a walk anywhere such as the store or beach and you will see tons of printed t-shirts. Each shirt with it’s own message or advertising about anything. This is what’s so great about living in a free society, freedom of speech and expression. If one wanted to go out and express how much he/she loves listening to the sound of poetry from an inner city traffic gridlock, no problem, stamp it onto a t-shirt. If one wanted to show another how much joy it is being around their presence, no problem, print it onto a t-shirt, hoodie, jersey, etc.
The media of choice for screen printing is pure organic cotton or course. We just love the texture and feel of it. Not only do we, the consumers love it, but the printers also love it. Take for example, 7Prints.com (http://7prints.com), based out of Sacramento, CA. One of their primary services is screen printing t-shirts. The fabric of choice for these custom t-shirts is cotton of course. Why organic cotton? well because the ink printers use is either plastisol (a grounded plastic resin) or water-based ink. We of course like the water-based ink because it’s more green. Most printers will accomodate water-based but it does come at a premium as it’s more difficult to work with than the plastisol. However, we believe the extra price is worth it because the water-based inks are more environmentally friendly (you know we like that) and also because it has a softer feel to the hand. It’s especially great for distressed style clothing. 7Prints says, they like the cotton because the ink lays on really nice making for a very nice printed t-shirt.
The second media of choice for our organic material is embroidery. Sure, inks can be flashy and cheap but embroidery on clothing gives it that other dimension of style and luxury. Now, embroidery works especially good with cotton because the organic cotton fibers are very soft and forgiving, making for a great medium when it comes to contact with the needles of a embroidery machine.
So we went back to 7Prints to get their feedback on embroidery with cotton, and they said that most of their Sacramento embroidery business is with cotton. Most popular are the baseball caps and polo shirts. The also offer several other materials such as polyester, nylon, bamboo, and blends, but time and time again, most people still want cotton. They believe people choose cotton because it’s what they know and is used to growing up. The synthetic blends are popular with sports but when it comes to casual wear, noting beats cotton.
Special thanks to 7Prints and their services.