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 fibers 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 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.
In addition to printing, dyeing is another Kingfisher specialty. Fabrics can be prepared from ‘loom state’ 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 color-matching, our quality, consistency, and reproducibility are assured.
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 waterproofing, to name a few. Brushing – a process by which one or both sides of the fabric is brushed one or more times to create a ‘suede’ look and feel. This also waterproofs and shower proofs the pile of the fabric
Our Technical Proficiency
Using one of Zimbabwe major export crops, cotton, Kingfisher Prints has built up an enviable reputation with its extensive furnishing fabric range, supplying both the nation and the region with export quality textiles. Kingfisher is regarded as the most comprehensive textile converter in Southern Africa, not only printing fabrics but dyeing and finishing a variety of both natural as well as man-made fabrics, both woven and knits.
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 that is applied on fabric to reduce creasing and also improve its wash and wear performance.
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 the fabric. It will be chemically treated for environments where there is a lot of heat.
Shower Proofing – a coating that reduces the absorbency of the fabric and creates water repellency.