We love Screen Printing

We love Screen Printing

As you all know we love t-shirts here at organic apparel. We love all kinds because it’s the uniqueness of each that makes it just a little different and just a little cooler. And why do we love to customize these t-shirts so much, well it’s because of screen printing of course. Yes, screen printing remains our favorite method of decoration because it’s an art form and renders the best results if done correctly with the right experience and touch. We are aware of the other methods like dye sublimation, laser transfers, inkjet transfers, print and cut, and of course direct to garment or dtg.  And where do we go for this? Why check out Harvard’s screen printing Sacramento location.

screen printing
screen printing

Let’s briefly explore each of these decoration methods or alternatives to screen printing. First up is dye sublimation. Dye sublimation has been around longer than you may think, over 20 years old. The process is quite simple. You print your design on a transfer paper and heat press it to transform the ink into a gas that dyes the fabric of the shirt. The shirts involved works best when those are of the polyester type. One hundred percent specifically. This works best on light-colored shirts only as the gas chemical is not opaque enough to completely dye and over ride the existing dark dye on the fabric. The pro’s are that dye sublimation is great on polyester and can be printed on a wide format printer and can easily cover the shirt in an all-over format. The cons are that it’s only great on polyester and doesn’t work so well on dark or even medium shades of garments.

Next is the laser transfer. The laser transfer process has only matured around the past five years or so. The challenge here was to find a way get the laser toner to peel off the paper completely. Another challenge faced was decorating on dark garments. The evolution of “white” toner finally emerged and thus completed the laser printer decoration of t-shirts. The application of laser is just like dye sublimation. Print the design onto a transfer paper and heat apply to the t-shirt. For dark garments, a layer of white toner is printed onto a separate sheet of paper and applied to the back of the color sheet, then heat applied.

Inkjet transfer is similar to dye sublimation and laser, except the ink is printed from you guessed it, an inkjet printer. This is usually done on small scale for the home market.

Print/Cut is similar to dye sublimation too, except the design is printed onto a paper media with a sticky backing or transfer carrier. After the design is printed, the printing machine also cuts the outline of the design. After the cutting process, the design has to be manually weeded by hand. Once weeded, the design is applied to the garment via a heat press as well.

DTG is a bigger topic so we’ll follow up on this with another blog…stay tuned.

A Brief Glimpse Into Hmong People Clothes and Their Patterns

A Brief Glimpse Into Hmong People Clothes and Their Patterns

It is very easy to recognize the Hmong people from their bright and detailed dress. The Hmong people are the traditional group which is thought to originate from the plains of Mongolian and Tibet, moving towards South via China. In case, if the Hmong people traditionally don’t have a textile and a written language they have become a kind of visual expression. The fabric motifs are usually inspired by the nature like cucumber, seeds, ferns, animal teeth and shells of the snails.

Hmong People

Info about the designs of clothes of Hmong people

The embroidery which is made in the clothes of the Hmong people is hand sewn, and it incorporates of unique patterns and bright colors. The patterns which are made on the clothes represent the nature like flowers and animals. A few of them suggest that Hmong women used to embroider messages on their skirts. It might be true or not, but the detailed patterns are surely different to the traditional attire.

These days, most of the people will make use of the Hmong Design embroidery to design the accessories and handbags. The Hmong embroidery holds an essential meaning in the Hmong culture. This helps to reflect all the groups beautifully. The traditional clothes of Hmong people include so many layers and parts, some of them are mentioned here they are a silver necklace, coin, sashes, front Sev, top, skirt and head wrap or hat.

How to buy Hmong clothes?

Most of the Hmong categories used to speak a completely different language with their home country and also each other, they provide the entirely unique style of textiles. While buying Hmong clothing, you should not miss the chance to learn which type of clothing you are buying.

Know about the fabrics-The Hmong clothes are designed with several raw materials like silk, mulberry fiber, banana fiber, hemp, and cotton. Each of these materials is a unique quality, from the flexible and soft cotton to satin such as banana fiber, even though all attracts to be durable, comfortable and natural.

Understand the patterns- Hmong people or Hmoob Tojsiab will not make the clothes for the regular use, but also for the special occasions. Just because they don’t have any traditionally written language, the patterns, and motifs on Hmong clothes were often used as a kind of expression.

After knowing all these things, you can select the one which is ideal for you and then deal the price to buy those clothes. These are some of the most happening clothing themes which is attracting world’s attention and driving thousands of potential customers.

Benefits of Cotton Socks

Background on Cotton Socks

Globally, 100% cotton is the most popular material for cotton socks. There are many reasons which justifies this preference but is mostly due to its equilibrium between “comfort” and “low cost”. This makes it the most accessible option for socks worldwide.

Cotton Socks

There are three main cuts: crew sock, knee sock and ankle sock, with black, gray and white are the most common colors. The look of cotton socks can be complimented with any style or color clothing.

Away from appearance, it is important to pay attention to the comfort provides inside and outside the selected shoes. The right fitting of the pair of socks and shoes will avoid problems such as bunion, ingrown toenails and hammer toes.

Hammer Toes

Cotton can be used for a many occasions which makes it the best candidate as the default option. Here are the advantages that these socks will provide.

  • Cotton socks are very inexpensive which plays a big role in its international popularity. It gives the needed comfort and protection without having the high-end technical advantages from high priced socks.
  • Although it is very inexpensive, the price of these socks can range from 1$ to 100$, or more. Many details of a pair of sock plays a great factor on the price such as the style, the production cost and the brand.
  • Another aspect that influences the price is how environmentally friendly it can be. Cotton is environmentally friendly and is biodegradable. Also for those who are seeking to help the environment a little more, there is now organic 100% cotton socks available for purchase.
  • Cotton socks are very comfortable and flexible which makes it a good choice for relaxing at home or the moments that require little to no activity.
  • It can come in different styles, colors and pattern this is due to how easy it is to dye. This also makes it easy for any consumer to find exactly what they want in terms of appearance. Cotton socks for more formal attires are available in all colors and are easy to find making it easy to match with the outfit.
  • 100% cotton socks are work well without shoes because they absorb moisture from the body which then evaporates from the socks. Podiatrist, would suggest to wear cotton socks when a foot needs healing, either from a fractures or any problems of the sort since it’s the best option to allow the feet to breath.

There are many details to analyze beyond the price and the brand. As mention earlier, considering shoe size are very important to attain the best of whichever benefit is needed. Knowing the best and the worst times to use cotton socks will help with its durability and will maintain its appearance from when it was first purchased. Although cotton very rarely cause any skin reactions, if there is any irritation or foot related issues that might be cause by cotton socks, visit your local Sacramento podiatrist. Else than the skin irritation, the only other inconvenience it may cause is static build up, which can simply become an annoyance.

For more information and products, check out manufacturers like Hanes and Fruit of the Loom.

We would also like to thank a local podiatrist from Sacramento for guidance on this information. You may visit them from the website below:

Valley Foot Doctors

Cotton and Apparel Decoration

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.

Embroidered Polo

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.

Our First Organic Apparel Blog

Welcome to the Organic Apparel Blog

All we blog about nowadays is clothing made out of pure or mostly cotton. One hundred percent all American made cotton. The kind that one finds in the deep south of America. We’re talking Georgia, Alabama, Mississipi and such.

organic apparel cotton

As you all know the website used to be an apparel shop focusing on enviromentally friendly screen printing and we only use the earth friendliest water based inks. We used to sell all sorts of apparel from polos, fleece, hats, scarf, headwear, hoodies, pants, and even bags.

Getting back to topic, we’ll continue the legacy now with frequent discussions of organic apparel. Where can you buy organic apparel nowadays? There are many companies that manufacture a very long line of organic apparel. Everything from underwear to shirts, aprons, towel, and shopping bags. Some of these companies include Gildan, Anvil, Hanes, Fruit-of-the-loom, and Port Authority to name a few.

So how did our story begin? We didn’t like the way the way the industry was going with synthetics. Synthetic has its place in the market especially the performance industry. It’s great for discipating and wicking away moisture from inside the apparel. All athletic events benefit from synthetic blends with polyester. However, for comfort and style, nothing beats the comfort and feel of one-hundred percent cotton. Add another twist by distressing it and cotton can’t be beat.

For the printing and apparel decoration industry, we love how cotton performs. The inks always lay super well on cotton. There’s no issues with curing, no dye migrations, and no special super thick inks. Needless to say, we love our organic apparel.

In closing cotton is a great all-around material. It’s cool, comfortable, and perfect for printing or decoration. Check out this this youtube video of how cotton is grown, harvested, and made into fabric.


Thanks for reading and looking forward to the next article.