Its characteristic feature is a single printing process, which means that the fabric / cotton is printed with a colored pigment which binds directly with the cotton during this process. The process is quick and extremely simple. The durability of colors depends on the degree of use and the number of washes, but it does not mean that the print is not permanent. This technique is more recommended, especially for the production of interior decoration and décor items such as curtains, decorative pillows, or simply fabrics that need to be washed less frequently.
The pigments themselves, which we use for printing, are made of non-toxic, water-based inks. Pigment inks consist of a color (pigment), a binder that holds the ink to the fabric, and water that spreads the ink. In pigmented printing, the inks are effectively deposited on the fibers, but on the cotton itself, they are not clearly felt to the touch – the fabric itself, however, is slightly rougher than cotton printed using the reactive method. With pigment printing, the inks are bonded to the fibers of the fabric by drying. At the beginning, the pigment printing method enjoyed a poor opinion, due to the quality and durability of the print. However, the technology is constantly developing and improving, thanks to which the resistance of pigment inks during washing now reaches 40 ° C. When printing with pigment, it should be taken into account that the print on the beam will contain small, side margins.