Kingfisher Prints can design, originate, print, dye, cure and supply special finishes to a wide range of fabrics. It has ready access to one of the world’s most prized natural fibres in Zimbabwe cotton and to regional shipping, road and air transport networks.
Kingfisher Prints’ fully trained art department is not only proficient in using the conventional methods of design, but also skilled in the use of a fully integrated and custom built CAD system. Fabric designs may be reproduced according to customer specifications, drawings or samples, or else created as originals, inspired and conceptualised from the start by our talented team of artists.
These designs are then selected for suitability on either flatbed or rotary printing machines on fabric specially prepared within our premises. The use of a highly specialized and computerized Colour Kitchen ensures exact colour reproducibility. Kingfisher also uses dyes of international standards from reputable textile suppliers to maintain quality and consistancy.
In addition to printing, dyeing is another Kingfisher speciality. Fabrics can be prepared from ‘loomstate’ to PFP (prepared-for-printing) or PFD (prepared-for-dyeing) within our premises. It must be noted that Kingfisher is able to convert natural fabrics, synthetics and natural/synthetic blends both in printing and in dyeing. Using our fully equipped laboratory for colour-matching, our quality, consistency and reproducibility are assured.
We also use chemicals and dyestuffs sourced from within Europe that conform to rigid environmental and quality standards.
Once printed or dyed or both, various finishing options are available to the customer.
These include brushing, sanforising, stiffening, crease resist, teflon coating, flame retardants and water proofing, to name a few.Brushing – a process by which the one or both sides of fabric is brushed one or more times to create a ‘suede’ look and feel. This also water proofs and shower proofs the pile of the fabric.
Sanforizing – a mechanical process by which the fabric is comprehensively pre-shrunk and treated to make it softer to the touch.
Stiffening – the chemical finish to give the fabric more body.
Crease Resist – a chemical process which is applied on fabric to reduce creasing and also improve its wash and wear perfomance.
Teflon Coating – a chemical additive to the fabric which creates various performance options like:- oil repellency, soil release, stain release.
Flame Retardants – for use in fire related industries to give retardancy to fabric. It will be chemically treated for environments where there is a lot of heat.
Shower Proofing – a coating which reduces the absorbancy of the fabric and creates water repellency.