PRINT CULTURE: 21ST CENTURY
Who wants to wear plain old solid colors anymore these days right? Hence the prints came into play! But before you think that printing on fabrics is a modern-day invention, we’ll like to go back to a little history lesson because evidences suggest that fabric print culture dates back to as far as 4th century BC! Textile printing’s origin maps to China; as samples of woodblock printing courting from 220 were discovered. Next, neighboring countries throughout Asia, India and Europe were familiarized with both block printing and screen-printing gradually. But this blog isn’t about the invention of prints but the trends of today! Without any further delay let’s introduce you to a bunch of prints which we’re sure you have seen before but didn’t know much about it, until now.
Who knew a failure to correspond an exact mirror image or a violation of symmetry would become a fashion frenzy of 21st century! These prints have audited the typical textile printing with a world-wide demand in the recent years.
ANIMAL PRINTS & FLORALS
Animal prints evoked a sense of “luxury” amongst people in the past and even today. Emulating an urge for buying animal prints such as leopard, zebra, fox, cheetah and other prints, is vividly observed in the fashion industry.
Talking about florals well, who doesn’t like spring right! Florals give a feel of colorful and joyous reality to everyday ideals. Women are often fond of flowers and these prints on their clothes just adds on their magnificence.
STRIPES & PLAID/CHECKS
A contemporary fashion from the House of Versace or Fendi comes to mind when one refers to stripes or plaid or checkered prints. These prints are not only modern front printing but an effective variation in our mundane clothing.
Think about military or other special armed forces as these prints were inspired by their uniform. This print is prominently famous amongst the teens and gym wear for all age groups. Camo comes in shades of green, blue, white, black and hazel and is just loved by every gender.
The ultimate blended checkered prints are known as the gingham prints. It is a blended cotton fabric thru with dyed yarn plaited using a plain weave to method a checked pattern. It is usually prepared with two shades or two-color patterns and the most famous ones happen to be white and pink & white & red.
These prints are often observed in Indo-western outfits or Indian or ethnic wear such as suits, sarees, kurtis and more. Symmetrical zig-zag lines complimenting a upward or downward motion prints gives an accent to your outfit with it’s bold and upbeat highlights.
The term “ikat” means “bind” in the Indonesian language. It is a dyeing technique infamous in Indonesia where employees resisted dyeing on the yarns prior. This print is often found on ethnic and Indo-western textiles for both men & women as the influence comes from the south Asian culture of Indonesian countries.