Direct To Garment vs Screen Printing
If you've bought any of my shirts, first off, thanks! But you may have noticed that the garments used at Diamond in the Rough Clothing are Direct To Garment and no a Screen Print. The reason why is to understand the differences between the both of them.
Direct to Garment or DTG is a process of inkjet printing to a fabric. A special printer uses water based ink to embed the fibers into the garment and then the fibers absorb the ink.
Screen Printing is the process of making a print on a mesh and then pushing ink from the mesh onto the fabric. Screen prints allow only one color to be placed at a time and then each stencil has to be added for each color.
Screen Printing can be easier because can drop the cost when mass producing a shirt. But as I'm keeping all of my shirts lower orders. It makes sense to keep using Direct To Garment (DTG) for now.
Furthermore, I find that DTG shirts feel better when wearing compared to any shirts that are screen printed. Screen Printed shirts yield a higher quality image but they are not as breathable since the ink sits on top of the fabric. Screen Printed shirts are not as comfy on warmer days as they are not as breathable when compared to a DTG shirt.
Can't wait to share more of my DTG shirts in the future! Stay tuned for some surprised in the fall.