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08 August 2022

While the Pandemic is over
the possibility of getting infected with
Covid19 Coronavirus and variants (strains) thereof remains real

GET Vaccinated
Keep up Vaccination - Currently available: 2 primary shots + 2 Boosters

Continue to wear a Mask (especially indoors)
Protect yourself and those around you

Continue to maintain the careful cleaning of your hands, use soap and water
or alcohol based hand rubs which are still provided at the entrance of most stores.

Season change is usually associated with colds, flu, hay fever, reaction to pollen
and catching an airborne virus causing suffering and possible long-term side effects

If you are feeling unwell without knowing what is causing it
PLEASE wear a mask to protect those around you
even if you have no more than a harmless common cold !
It may cause someone with a compromised immune system
to become seriously ill !

Caughing and sneezing in public without protection
(covering your mouth and nose with your hands or arm is considered protection)
is simply a sign of disrespect for others !

Wear a mask ♥ Earn the respect from and show consideration for
your fellow human beings !

Reusable Eco friendly Washable Multi Layered FACE MASKS


07 August 2022

It's not too late to place your order(s) for, 24 September 2022, Heritage Day items!

Shine with customized Distinctly South African items!


 

Natural Fibers

Most popular Natural eco-friendly fabrics:

ORGANIC COTTON:
Sustainability Score: 9/10
Why we love it: • Made from natural fibers • No pesticides or chemicals used • Biodegradable • Wicks away sweat • Breathable • Soft Drawbacks: • Requires a lot of water • Hypoallergenic • Non toxic • Natural moisture management (excellent wicking properties) • Biodegradable • Compostable • Pricey
Versatility Score: 10/10


COTTON:
Sustainability Score: 8/10
Why we love it: Cotton is a naturally soft material that feels comfortable against the skin • Highly durable strong natural fiber derived from the cotton plant •Breathable fabric •Absorbent •Hypoallergenic • Non-toxic • Natural moisture management (excellent wicking properties) • Biodegradable •Compostable
Versatility Score: 10/10



Hemp:
Sustainability Score: 9/10
Why we love it: Natural fiber • No chemical processing required • Requires less water than cotton (medium amount) • Requires little to no pesticides
• Biodegradable • Compostable • Pricey
Versatility Score: 10/10

FLAX - LINEN 
Sustainability Score: 8/10

Linen has a much lower environmental impact than cotton, as it requires no pesticides and little water. It dries faster than cotton and has the tendency to crinkle. It regulates body temperature, so keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Why we love it: • Natural fibers (Flax Plant)   • Lightweight • Breathable • Natural moisture management (excellent wicking properties)
• Biodegradable • Compostable • Machine washable
Versatility Score: 10/10


SILK 
Sustainability Score: 8/10

Why we love it: • Natural fibers • Requires less water than cotton • Expensive • Silk worms are killed unless it's Vegan Silk • Luxurious smooth feel • Low Grade silk tears easily • Biodegradable • Compostable • Machine washable
Versatility Score: 5/10


RAYON/VISCOSE
Sustainability Score: 8/10
Why we love it: 100% rayon is made from wood pulp cellulose and put through a chemical process, creating a man-made, natural fibre. Rayon has a silk-like aesthetic.
It is processed with chemicals, so if toxic chemicals are released into the environment, we rate this a 5/10.
If the fabric mill processes and disposes of the chemicals properly, we rate this a 7/10

Since this fabric comes from wood pulp, ensure the wood is sourced sustainably. If the fabric mill disposes of the chemicals properly, we rate this an 8/10.
If brands are careful about the source and processing of the viscose, it can be a good eco-friendly fabric to use. 
• Lightweight • Soft • Superb drape • Cool • Breathable
Natural moisture management (excellent wicking properties) • Biodegradable
• Machine washable
Versatility Score: 6/10 (mostly used for clothing)


BAMBOO
Sustainability Score: 9/10
Bamboo is a sustainable crop. It is essentially a fast-growing grass, and one of the most persistent and versatile grasses on the planet, requires no fertiliser and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. It requires far less water than cotton. Bamboo fiber has various micro-gaps, which make it softer than cotton and increase its moisture absorption. When compared to cotton cultivation, which requires large amounts of water, pesticides, and labour, the advantages are pretty clear.
• Antibacterial and highly absorbent • Powerfully insulating and soft
• It has a natural repellent for odours • Biodegradable Compostable
Versatility Score: 10/10


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Printing

Screen-printing

Step 1: The design is created
To start, the printer takes the design they want to create on the finished product and prints it out onto a transparent acetate film. This will be used to create the stencil.

Step 2: The screen is prepared
Next, the printer will choose a mesh screen to suit the complexity of the design, and the texture of the fabric being printed. The mesh screen is then coated with a layer of light-reactive emulsion, which will harden when developed under bright light.

Step 3: The emulsion is exposed
The acetate sheet featuring the design is then laid onto the emulsion-coated screen, and the whole thing is exposed to a very bright light. The light hardens the emulsion, so the parts of the screen which are covered by the design remain in liquid form.
If the final design is going to include more than one colour, then a separate screen must be used to apply each layer of ink. To create multi-coloured products, the printer must use his skill to design each stencil, and line them up perfectly
to ensure the final design is seamless.

Step 4: The emulsion is washed off, creating the stencil
After the screen has been exposed for a set time, the areas of the screen not covered by the design will have turned hard. Any unhardened emulsion is then carefully rinsed away. This leaves a clear imprint of the design on the screen for the ink to pass through.
The screen is then dried, and the printer will make any necessary touch-ups or corrections to make the imprint as accurate as possible to the original design.
The stencil is now ready to be used.

Step 5: The Item Is Prepared For Print
The screen is then placed on the printing press. The item or garment being printed is laid down flat onto the printing board, underneath the screen.

There are a number of different presses, including manual and automatic styles, but most modern commercial printers will use an automatic rotary carousel printer, as this allows several different screens to work at once.

For multicoloured prints, this sort of printer can also be used to apply the separate colour layers in quick succession.

Step 6: The ink is pressed through the screen onto the item
The screen is lowered down onto the printing board. Ink is added to the top end of the screen, and a squeegee is used to pull the ink along the full length of the screen. This presses the ink through the open areas of the stencil, imprinting the design on the product underneath.
If the printer is creating multiple items, then the screen is raised and a new item is placed onto the printing board. The process is then repeated.
Once all the items have been printed and the stencil has served its purpose, the emulsion is removed using a special washing fluid so the mesh can be reused to create new stencils.

Step 7: The product is dried, checked and finished
The printed product then passes through a dryer on a conveyer belt, which 'cures' the ink and creates a smooth, colourfast finish. The final product will be checked and washed thoroughly to remove any residue, before being passed on to its new owner.

To get a clean, sharp print, the right tools are required

Screen printing Press

While it is possible to screen print with just a mesh screen and a squeegee, we use a press, as it allows us to print lots of items more efficiently. This is because the press holds the screen in place between prints, making it easier to swap out the paper or clothing
being printed.
There are three types of press: manual, semi-automatic, and automatic.
Manual presses are operated by hand, meaning they’re quite labour intensive.
Semi-automatic presses are partially mechanised, but still require human input to swap over the items being pressed, while automatic presses are completely automated and require little to no input.

The Inks
The ink, pigment or paint is pushed through the mesh screen and onto the item being printed, transferring a coloured imprint of the stencil design onto the product.
There’s much more to choosing an ink than just picking a colour. There are lots of specialist inks, which can be used to create different effects on the finished product. For instance, we may use glittery inks, texturised inks, or puff inks (which expand to create a raised surface) to create a unique look or feel. We will also take into account the type of fabric and colour being screen printed, as some inks will work better on certain materials than others.
When printing clothing, we will use a type of ink which becomes machine washable once it has been heat-treated and set.
This produces a colourfast, long-wearing item that can be worn again and again.

The Silk Screen
The silk screen in silk screen printing is a metal or wooden frame with a fine mesh fabric stretched over the top. Traditionally, this mesh was crafted from silk thread, but nowadays this has been superseded by polyester fabrics, which offer the same performance for a lower price. The thickness and thread count of the mesh can be chosen to suit the texture of the surface or fabric being printed, with smaller spaces between threads allowing for greater detail in the print.
Once the screen has been coated in emulsion and exposed, it is ready to be used as a stencil. After the screen printing process has finished, it can be washed and re-used.

The squeegee
A squeegee is a rubber blade attached to a long wooden, metal or plastic handle. It’s used to push the ink through the mesh screen and onto the surface being printed. The printer will usually pick a squeegee that is a similar size to the frame of the screen,
as this will give better coverage.
A firmer rubber blade is better for printing intricate designs with lots of detail, as it ensures all the nooks and crannies in the stencil receive an even layer of ink. A softer, more yielding rubber squeegee is often used when printing less detailed designs,
or when printing onto fabric.

The Washing Station
The screens need to be washed to remove all traces of emulsion after use, so they can be reused again for future prints. Some larger printworks may use large tubs of special cleaning fluid or acid to remove the emulsion, while other printers simply use a water trough or sink and a power hose to clean their screens.

Will screen printing ink wash out?
If a garment has been properly screen printed and cured by us, using washable ink, then the design shouldn’t wash out. To ensure a colourfast finish, we need to make sure that the ink is set according to the manufacturer's guidelines. The correct drying (curing) temperature and time vary depending on the type of ink and the fabric used, so we need to follow the instructions to the letter, to create a high quality, long-lasting, washable item.

What is the difference between screen printing and digital printing?
Direct to garment (DTG) digital printing uses a specialised fabric printer — a bit like an inkjet computer printer — to transfer an image directly onto a textile. It differs from screen printing because a digital printer is used to transfer the design directly onto the fabric. Because there’s no stencil, multiple colours can be applied all at the same time, rather than in separate layers, meaning this technique is often used to print
intricate or very colourful designs.
Unlike screen printing, there’s very little setup required (provided the artwork is high resolution and sharp) which means that digital printing is a more cost-effective option for printing small batches of clothing or single items. And because it uses a computerised image rather than a stencil, it’s great for producing photographic or highly detailed designs. However, as the colours are printed using CMYK-style dots of colour, rather than solid blocks of ink, it doesn’t provide quite the same intensity of colour that you get with screen printing. And we cannot create texturised effects with a digital printer either.

What's the difference between silk screen printing and heat transfer?
Heat transfer printing is the name given to any kind of printing that uses heat to bind a design to a fabric. The design is printed out onto a material coated with heat-reactive adhesive, called transfer or sublimation paper. When a heat press is applied to the transfer paper, the adhesive reacts to the heat and sticks to the surface of the fabric beneath, creating a printed textile.
Heat transfer printing is easy and cost effective, so it's great for smaller batches of personalised printing. It can also be used to transfer detailed photographic designs, which screen printing can't do. Digital transfer printing can also be used to get great results on items like bags, hats and footwear, which can be tricky to screen print
owing to their awkward shape.
It’s also possible to combine the heat transfer process with digital techniques, to get the best of both worlds. With digital heat transfer printing, a design is created using computer software and printed onto white transfer paper. The design is then cut out using a machine called a plotter, which follows a digital outline to get accurate results. The finished transfer is placed on the desired spot on the garment or accessory, and is then heat-treated
to bind it to the fabric.
If there’s a downside to heat transfer printing, it’s that the quality can vary drastically depending on the materials used. Using low-quality materials and shoddy techniques have given it something of a poor reputation in recent years. But, as long a good transfer material is used and the design is applied with care, the resulting garment will be a high-quality, long-lasting piece. All of ourdigitally printed items are created using premium, soft-feel transfer materials, applied using state-of-the-art printers and plotters, so we’re confident that we offer some of the best digital printing on the market.

Heat transfers render any eco friendly, biodgegradable and compostable items
NON eco friendly due the fact that the transfer is a type of plastic.

Screen Printing Brown Paper / Natural Burlap Hessian Jute
Unless an opaque layer (making a 1 colour a 2 colour print) is applied,
colours, other than Black, Chocolcate Brown, Navy and /or Maroon
appear dull on brown Paper, Burlap, Hessian and Jute
Burlap is an ancient Name for what most know as Hessian
The difference between Hessian and Jute is in the quality of the cloth,
being primarily one of fineness;
with Hessian being made of finer grade Jute, and Jute, of coarser grade.


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Embroidery-Embroidered-TreeEmbroidery-Embroidered-Pumpkin

Embroidery is an ancient form of needlework that has been used worldwide to embellish textiles for decorative and communicative purposes. In terms of form and aesthetics, embroidery may add color, texture, richness, and dimension.

What does embroidered mean?
If an accessory or piece of clothing is embroidered, this means patterns have been sewn onto it with thread. This can be for practical or decorative purposes: for example, a business owner might want to have their company’s logo embroidered on their staff’s Uniform items.......commemorate a special event........have staff recognized as individual team members.............etc.

Digitising artwork for embroidery
Embroidery digitisation is the process of converting an existing piece of artwork, such as a company logo, into a stitch file that an embroidery machine can then read and use to replicate the design on a garment. We’re experts in digitising artwork for embroidery, and we offer this service to anyone looking to have their clothing or accessories embroidered.
To ensure accurate replication of your Logo and/or required wording, we need
high resolution artwork (.jpg: .pdf; or .png)

Unlike digital printing (heat transfer/dye sublimation)
Embroidery designs cannot be minimized limitless.
A typical chest embroidery should be no more than a 9-10cm square.
When Logos and writing are minimized too much, the design
can look "a mess", unrecognizable and unreadable.
We can advise on what's possible and what not,
when we have the artwork and know where and on what
you need the embroidery done.

Unlike Screen printing, embroidery set up fees are per design
NOT per colour.

While a minimum charge per Job applies,
stitch count (the amount of stitches needed)
determines the price of embroidering a design.

Designs may be cheaper when digitized for a low stitch count,
but compromises quality.
A few stitches up or down can have a profound impact
on the final outcome of your embroidered Design.


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Generally Craft or Kraft Bags are known to be Brown Paper Bags.

However, Craft Kraft Bags can be any
Hand or Screen printed
Hand or Machine embroidered
or any other kind of enhancement added.

Cotton and Hessian Bags are particularly suited for
Hand painting
Screen printing
Hand and Machine embroidery.
Adding, Beads, Feathers, Bling, Buttons, Ribbons, etc. further enhance
and personalize a bag.

You may want to commemorate a special Occasion or hand out event favours
in a custom designed gift bag.
Cotton - Burlap Hessian Jute and Paper Bags are
best suited for such Occasions.

We make custom sized, custom designed (shape/style)
Cotton
and Burlap Hessian Jute bags
and custom Screen print or Embroider same for you.


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Eco-friendly Biodegradable Compostable

Eco-friendly means:
Earth friendly………not harmful to the environment.

Eco is an abbreviation for ecology, the system of relationships between living things, and their environment. Friendly implies beneficial, or at least not harmful. It should follow that the term eco-friendly, when added to services or products, indicates positive or at least not harmful, effects on living things.

Biodegradable / Compostable means:
Biodegradable materials are substances that decompose easily through the actions of bacteria, fungi, and other living organisms. Biodegradable substances usually include the substances found in day-to-day usage, for instance, food refuse, tree leaves, grass clippings, natural fibers, Textiles, Ropes, etc.

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