DYEING

We use low-impact, fiber-reactive dyes for dyeing all our products. Our dyes are safe, GOTS certified and "low impact," which means that we use less water, less heat and produce less waste runoff than regular chemical dyeing processes. Recent advances have created fiber-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer than previously available, and they provide excellent colorfast properties on cotton. Fiber-reactive dyes have become the dye choice for many organic clothing manufacturers because they offer a diverse palette of vibrant colors. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and they meet all European Union criteria for eco-friendly pigments.


The dyeing process combines quality with technology through applications of advanced research at every level – from planning to production. Multi-pronged use of technology and a trained pool of highly-qualified technicians helps to meet all the required specifications.

COLORFAST The dyeing process conforms to international standards of color-fastness like rubbing, perspiration, light and washing.
Research is focused on enhancing the standards of colour in the quality control laboratory. Up-to-date, high-performance equipment and matching software is used to perfect colour formulation and colour correction, as well as testing.
Spectraflash SF450 (a high-performance spectrophotometer) with color matching software from DATACOLOR of USA. This makes it possible to dispatch a lab-dip color sample within 24 hours of receipt from the client.
Labomat beaker dyeing ensures the precise results in laboratory tests for color fastness properties like rubbing, light, perspiration and washing, according to international standards.
An R&D team, trained in the use of this equipment, ensures on-going product quality.

 

PRINTING

Applying color patterns and designs to fabrics has been done since 5000 BC (Egyptian findings) and continues to be popular today for textiles of all sorts. It is, however, one of the most complex textile operations because of the many variables and the need for precision.

Printing is carried out after the dyeing or pre-treatment of the fabric. Dyes or pigments are applied locally to produce the artistic arrangement of various motifs in one or several colors. To ensure that the dyes stay separate from one another and remain fast to the fabric, a strong bonding is formed between dyes and fabric.

There are two main types of printing on fabrics, all-over rotary printing on both woven and knitted fabrics and screen printing.
Rotary printing is used when large quantities of fabric need to be printed with the same design (ex: sheets and other home linens, large runs of garment fabrics…). This method produces more unified, homogenous effects in the printing, as compared to screen printing. A large cylinder applies a dye paste to the fabric, which has been introduced between the engraved rollers, thus reproducing the desired design. This process is the most appealing for printing designer and fashion fabrics because of the high quality that can be achieved.

Screen printing is a very popular technology in use today for producing placed prints on fabric. This method involves a porous mesh stretched tightly over a frame. Proper tension is essential for accurate color registration. A stencil on the screen defines the image to be printed in each color.

RCM's in-house screen printing unit prints thousands of T-shirts on a daily basis, as well as motifs on babywear, home textiles, promotional items and other garments.

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