The process of knitting, dying, and printing tend to play an important role on matters pertaining the general appearance of the final clothing. Dying tends to be the most commonly used method of imparting color on cotton linen and includes yarn dyeing and piece dyeing. One would need to know that yarn dyeing focus on dyeing yarns prior to knitting where knitting tends to produce checks, gingham as well as many other effects on the clothing in question. In this process, the cloth in question tends to be passed through a trough with a hot dye solution especially where it is needed in only one uniform color. The piece tends to be passed through padded rollers with the intention of spreading color evenly through the piece of cloth and at the same time remove excess liquid.
Packaging dyeing tends to be yet another method of dying which involves winding of yards on a cylinder with the intention of impacting color on it. The dye tends to be forced from the outside into the packages while more dye is forced from the inside out under pressure. There also tend to be computers use with the intention of increasing speed and accuracy. Printing colored designs can be as simple as printing on paper where one has the right machine and people doing it. With this type of printing, it is possible for one to yield 50 to 100 yards per minute.
Color designs are best administered on fabrics through using automatic screen printing. In an instance where one wants to produce larger designs, he or she would need to utilize this method of printing but would need to know that it tends to be slower. Flatbed screen printing is yet another method one can utilize on matter pertaining printing. One would also excempt some parts of the fabric from dye by covering with lacquer or any other dye resistant coating. Depending on the design one wants on a fabric, it is possible for one to have more than 10 colors on one fabric.
Design and durability highly relies on the finishing one puts after printing. One would also need to note that there are hundreds of finishes that one can apply on the textile. One would also need to note that it tends to be easy to do finishing on cotton fabric when compared to other types of fabrics. One would also need to know that the finishing tend to influence the feel and the look of a fabric with some finishing making it possible to add a durable press, flame resistance, water repellency, shrinkage control among other effects. It also tends to be possible to add more than one finish to a given clothing for various reasons.