Inka installs Colorjet’s Vastrajet digital printer

Inka, a textile design studio and export house that prints fabrics using the traditional block printing process, installed Colorjet’s Vastrajet Direct-to-Fabric digital textile printer to integrate modern printing methods into the traditional printing form while overcoming some challenges. Vastrajet is a 1.8 meter workhorse straight to the fabric.

“There was a need for certain different designs that couldn’t be printed on a pad or screen. If we need to print 12 full color print designs, we need to make 12 blocks and employ 12 people to print that particular design, ”said Balram Jindal, director at Inka.

“Digital printing has given us the flexibility to print custom designs with minimal effort and at the same time is not labor intensive, but it is also more productive. With digital printing, we can do a print in five minutes, and if the customer is not satisfied, we can print another design again in five more minutes, ”added Jindal.

“Color fastness is one of the main characteristics of our prints that all of our customers vouch for. That’s why we demanded the same color fastness and at the same time wanted digital printing to complement our hand block printing technology. I am pleased that the Vastrajet digital printer was able to meet these expectations, ”said Inka founder Indu Kapahi.

Inka grew out of Kapahi’s passion for hand block printing, which, in addition to the centuries-old handicraft, also exports to several countries in Europe and Russia.

“By adding Colorjet’s direct-to-fabric printer to our existing hand block printing setup, we were able to scale our production to an industrial level while offering our customers high quality standards and reliability,” said Kapahi.

Hand block printing is a centuries-old art form popular in India, China, and many other East Asian countries. Carved blocks of wood covered with dye are repeatedly pressed along a piece of fabric to create patterns. The tiny variations in block printing, the lively and meaningful motifs and the handmade technique of Indian block printing on fabric give it a unique charm.

Printing new designs using hand block technology is a long process and takes a lot of time and effort. First of all, the block for the design must be created. These new designs are hand carved on wood. Then the artisan mixes four or five natural base colors together to create a variety of dyes. The block is then dipped in dye and firmly hand stamped onto the fabric, creating a design.

The Vastrajet is a 1.8 meter workhorse with more than 200 installations around the world. It is a compact machine with outstanding performance, increased productivity, superior printing accuracy with minimal maintenance, and can print fabric at a top speed of 161 square meters per hour.

In addition, Vastrajet offers flexibility in printing all types of fabrics such as cotton, viscose, polyester, polyamide, silk, wool etc. with different types of inks such as reactive, pigment, acid or dispersion.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (RKS)

Inka, a textile design studio and export house that prints fabrics using the traditional block printing process, installed Colorjet’s Vastrajet Direct-to-Fabric digital textile printer to integrate modern printing methods into the traditional printing form while overcoming some challenges. Vastrajet is a 1.8 meter workhorse straight to the fabric.