My name is Chris, I have been working in the Vietnam Garment Industry since 2008. My expertise is advising fashion start-ups and sourcing factories. If you have any questions about sublimation printing in Vietnam then contact me here.
Sublimation Printing in Vietnam
Are you looking for sublimation printing in Vietnam for apparel or home products like curtains and bed sheets? Do you need offset sublimation printing? You name it and if I don't know who's doing it, I will find them thanks to my network of printing insiders like Edgar from Nantex.
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Why did you search for sublimation printing in Vietnam?
Sublimation printing in Vietnam is not strong but I know who can do it well. I have produced dye sublimation garments myself using interlock fabric in Vietnam.
In the picture you can see me at a trade show with the head of sales at Mimaki which is a leading digital printer in Asia. Many of the sublimation printing happening in Vietnam uses Mimaki digital printers.
There are two companies in Vietnam who use offset printing to print on transfer paper as opposed to using digital printers. Using the offset printing method requires the use of aluminums rollers that lead to high set up costs. Hence the offset printing method is only economical for high volume production; for example 10,000 pieces per design.
To better understand how sublimation printing in Ho Chi Minh city works its necessary to first become familiar with the key terms associated with the process. Working with anyone from a different culture that speaks a different language always has it's challenges.
Sublimation printing is an alternate to screen-printing. You create an image on your computer and print it onto special transfer paper using sublimation inks. Then place the transfer paper and synthetic fabric into a heat press. The heat-press presses the transfer paper against the fabric at 230 degrees Celsius and causes the sublimation inks to “transfer” from the paper to the sythetic fibers i.e. polyester or nylon. After about a minute, the heat is removed and the transfer paper is peeled off, leaving behind a permanent, full colour image on the fabric. In summary, there are two steps to the sublimation printing: step 1 is using a digital printer to print your artwork on transfer paper, step 2 is to “heat press transfer” the design from transfer paper to fabric. Most companies in Vietnam use this method.
Sublimation is the process of changing a solid particle directly into a gaseous state. The sublimation inks are heated rapidly such that they instantly expand into a gas state and easily penetrate the fibers of the yarn. This is why the dye sublimation printing has good color fastness properties.
Are you interested to sublimate print on interlock fabric in Vietnam? If yes, contact me to execute an action plan.
Quality sublimation printing starts with quality polyester fabric
You will hear the following terms with talking about polyester fiber: POY, ITY, DTY or FDY. POY stands for Polyester partially oriented and it’s used for rugs and curtains. ITY stands for Interlock Twist Yarn. It is a method of putting a twist in yarn used for knit fabrics resulting in a more natural elasticity and a soft hand feel. DTY stands for draw texturized yarn and is manufactured by texturizing partially oriented yarn. DTY is commonly used for sportswear. FDY stands for fully drawn yarn and is used for home textiles. When you ask for a polyester fabric make sure you know what kind of polyester yarn you are asking for! I recommend ITY or DTY if you want a smooth hand feel.
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1. Which styles do you want to manufacture first?
2. Do you have tech packs?
3. Do you have any special factory requirements?
4. Have you produced before? If yes, then in what country?
5. What quantity per style per color do you order?
6. Does your company have a website?
7. Do you want to work with an agent or directly with the factory?
8. Do you plan to visit Vietnam?
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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