Digital printing of blue-printed textile exhibits replicas

Plajh L., Cuden A. P., Tavcer P. F., Tomsic B., Kostanjsek K., Neral B., ...More

INDUSTRIA TEXTILA, vol.66, no.2, pp.67-73, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.67-73
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Numerous sources provide evidence of decorating textiles by reserving and dyeing, one of the techniques being blue-printing. Unfortunately, textile material's fragment are subject to external influences; therefore, only a few textile exhibits have been preserved. In order to understand and preserve cultural heritage, it is very important to examine the representative samples of existing textile exhibits by using non-destructive methods. This study presents the results of measuring textile-physical properties of blue-printed textiles. We analysed material composition, weaving types, fabric density, twist direction, fabric thickness, yarn diameter and,mass per unit area. Furthermore, analyses were conducted of colour characteristics regarding blue-printed textile exhibits. The results of both analyses served for the creation of qualitative replicas of blue-printed textile exhibits produced with the technique of modern digital printing with reactive dyes. Based on the results obtained using textile-physical measurements, the most suitable modern textile materials were selected and based on the results obtained from colour characteristics, the most suitable colours for digital printing were chosen. The resulting prints were re-evaluated, whereby the replicas were proved to sufficiently correspond to the original. The replicas of blue printed textiles are intended for museums for their exhibition needs, the making of missing pieces or entire textiles, for folklore purposes, as well as for the marketing of high-quality souvenirs, and the production of marketable clothes and home textiles with the elements of cultural heritage.