Woodblock printing on textiles is the process of printing patterns on textiles, usually of linen, cotton or silk, by means of incised wooden blocks. Block printing by hand is a slow process. It is, however, capable of yielding highly artistic results, some of which are unobtainable by any other method.
Digital textile printing is often referred to as direct-to-garment printing. It is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology. Inkjet technology in digital textile printing allows for single pieces, mid-run production and even long-run alternatives to screen printed fabric.
Discharge printing is a method of applying a design to dyed fabric by printing a colour-destroying agent, such as chlorine or hydrosulfite, to bleach out a white or light pattern on the darker coloured ground. It results in an extremely soft print, and shows the weave of the shirt. Apart from white, even coloured patterns can be created using colour-discharge printing techniques.
Every hand painted item is unique. Most artists often improvise to modify the patterns provided to them resulting in garments that are unique. Most hand painted fabrics are designed, drawn, and painted by hand: a skillful, labor intensive process which results in wearable works of art.
Screen-printing is by far the most common technology today. Two types exist: rotary screen-printing and flat (bed) screen-printing. A blade (squeegee) squeezes the printing paste through openings in the screen onto the fabric.
Shibori is a method of tie-dyeing fabrics in different shapes to make different patterns. There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, depending on the type of cloth and each way results in very different patterns.
Both acid and basic dyes play an important role in silk printing, which for the most part is confined to the production of articles for fashion goods, handkerchiefs, and scarves, all articles for which bright colours are in demand.