Textile Design Services
By scanning the initial design onto a computer and a very powerful ultraviolet light that exposes clear film positives of the design onto a screen, you basically have a stencil, mixed colour paste and your old-faithful squeegee. The company uses Italian hand-printing equipment from the 70’s.
Single prints (called strike-offs) are prepared for customers’ approval before the bulk production takes place. When the printing is complete, the fabrics are lifted above the printing tables to dry. They then head off for a session in the oven to set before the final quality check at the end.
So what are the specific benefits of flatbed hand-printing on textiles? “Machine printing only becomes practical with much bigger quantities and so we see fabric houses coming to Eastlake for shorter runs (between 120 and 4 000 meters). We’re also seeing the upper end of the textile market wholesalers (and their clients: interior designers and decorators working on boutique hotels and game lodges for example) in search of a high quality, hand- crafted look and feel. People want fabrics that display much more uniqueness and character.
“We create textiles for curtaining and upholstery and we do smaller products too, like runners and placemats. The core of the business is commission printing of textiles and Eastlake already has as its customers well known South African textile suppliers such as Sway, Mavromac, St Leger and Viney, Wolfe Street fabrics, Halogen International, Lula Fabrics, Bellamy & Bellamy, Kalk Bay Modern, Squiggle & Squeak and Jay Smith Collection.” The company has a proven track record with its Lee Duncan range, sold via Mavromac and displaying classical themes like Pompeii, Hampshire and Stratford.
“Carole’s work is exhibited all over the world and, as we know, she is all about developing beautifully handcrafted material. Now with our own flatbed screen-printing factory and in-house design facilities, you see curtaining and upholstery products being added to her existing Carole Nevin tablelinen, kitchen ranges, etc.
As one of the last hand-printing facilities in this country, the factory in Muizenberg is entirely impressive. This building were used by the military years ago and with the 3 x 40-meter-long production tables fit perfectly into the space.
If you have any questions about your printing requirements, don’t hesitate to drop us a line at email@example.com.