Beautiful real natural silk printing on the finest quality Silks and Satins on the market. Use your own designs and images for custom printing on silk for your project. Printed silk fabric is perfect for fashion designers and makers. No minimum order, plus hemming option available.
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Choose from natural silk and silk style fabrics for your craft or dressmaking project.
Woven real silk alternative. Shiny, shimmery poly face, semi-transparent. Soft and cool against the skin. Clothing, linings, garments.
Light weight, soft and non-stretch with a matte finish. Made from 100% natural silk. Available in high quality reactive printing with wider colour depth and higher wash allowance.
100% Silk Reactive inks
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 6% Warp: 9%
Silk alternative. Solid, plain closed weave. Shiny face, matt reverse. Slight amount of stretch. Nice drape. Bedding, furnishings.
97% polyester 3% elastane
Lightweight. Soft touch. Fine twill weave. dressmaking, accessories and scarves. Available in high quality reactive printing with wider colour depth and higher wash allowance.
100% Silk Reactive inks
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 1.5% Warp: 1%
Durable, smooth, shiny, flowing drape. 85gsm. Natural sheen to face, matt reverse. Scarves, garments, interiors, accessories. Available in high quality reactive printing with wider colour depth and higher wash allowance.
100% Silk Reactive inks
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 4% Warp: 2%
70% wool, 30% silk. Woven in Italy and finished in England. Light cream base colour, open plain weave. An airy, light, flowing, soft yet strong quality, Suitable for scarves and fashion. Super bright colours and deep blacks using reactive ink chemistry.
70% wool 30% silk
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 5% Warp: 3.5%
100% pure Silk.16mm or 60gsm. Off white base colour with a sparkle. Soft lightweight fine quality, with a crepe finish and light ribs in the weft. Airy, light, flowing, soft yet strong.
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 1% Warp: 1%
Real Silk Satin 50gsm. 12 Momme lighter weight. Shiny face, luxury handle, beautiful drape. Soft, strong colours, good detail. Uses: light scarves and accessories, fine detailing. Super bright colours & deep blacks using reactive ink chemistry
Expected Shrinkage = Weft: 1.5% Warp: 1%
Wash at 30°C, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
To start this digital silk printing process click Start above, upload your art design or photo and enter the dimensions, and select silk type. It's that simple. We have tools for tile or repeat available, and rulers and controls for you to make sure you get exactly the right custom silk print you need whether it's a single small panel for your print on silk scarves or your design printed on a few metres of silk.
Please note: these gorgeous silk fabrics are 100% natural, so no chemicals have been used on the fibres and you will get rich intense colours due to our specialist printing method. If in doubt, we always suggest ordering a fabric sample or swatch pack before ordering, to see how colours come out on real silk and what the material feels like. With Silk Georgette fabric you should expect a fabric shrinkage of approximately 6% on the weft, and 10% on the warp. Due to the print process, large areas of solid colour may show minor blemishes or discolouration. This is to be expected and we would advise avoiding large solid blocks of colour if possible.
We have garment production in our facility, so we added the silk hemming option to our print on silk services, especially for people who want to print on silk scarves. For most textile designers or students, digitally printed scarves are quite a common way to start out with getting designs noticed, and they use us for silk digital fabric printing services. We understand the difficulty of hemming the edges of light, slippery fabrics like silks, and how important it is to get the perfect finish. Therefore we added a silk hemming option since we have these skills in-house. Now you can print your own silk scarves and get them hemmed with us for a little extra. We have a total cut and sew operation here at Contrado the home of Bags of Love. We can add a hem to the exact dimensions you order your silk prints at. We create a small one fold hem that typically uses 5mm of material If you order 100x100cm expect your finished silk fabric to be approx. 99x99cm (after hem and shrinkage). We have black or white thread set up and you choose the best match. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled due to the silk grain.
Perfect for making your own size print on silk scarf and wraps, silk ties, luxury garments, lingerie, dresses, and accessories. Fashion designers use it for a wide range of creative and unique ideas. We are experts at making your designs come to life on the highest grade silk with the greatest vibrancy of colour. Couture designers, silk tie makers, bridal and lingerie makers use our custom printed silk. Occasionally film and theatre productions use our services for scene or dressmaking, especially period work. Interior designers also use our digitally printed silk product for specific requirements in fine detailing and luxury finishes. Other crafters and makers use us to print photos on silk for top end quilting as a photo silk print is outstanding when patched into a quilt. Our digital prints on silk provide a wide range of applications and our fast service and support will benefit your project.
Please note that the grain of the fabric can result in a slightly wavy edge, apparent on 2 sides of the hemmed fabric. This is due to the natural softness of the silk, possible shrinking and the weft. It may also be the case that the weave may be irregular and this is a characteristic of the silk fibre and production process. It is worth noting that digital silk designs that have solid straight lines close to edges may suffer distortion, so we advise keeping the design 'lines' if any, a few centimetres from the edges or better still design these risks out.
TIP: The Silk Georgette fabric is an amazing and very delicate stretchy fabric, slightly wavy hems are to be expected. Due to the delicate nature and soft handle of the real silks, the edges can be wavy after hemming, especially on the Georgette. We print silk on one side, and whilst there is complete show through on the Georgette silk, the satin has limited show through (20%) and in essence one side looks unprinted. You can be assured of intense, rich colours.
Care of your printed silk: Treat this beautiful material well and it will stay silky and bright for year after year. We recommend dry cleaning only. Wet washing will damage the natural silk textile and print. Treat carefully, as it is a delicate material that can pull if caught.
For more information regarding a wholesale discount on silk printing, please feel free to get in contact with our lovely customer service team.
If you can’t decide on which photo to use, you can upload multiple images and create a photo collage. This can be done using one of our pre-set montage templates, or you can create your own entirely from scratch. It’s super easy to do and the possibilities are endless.
Step 1 – Click the start design button & select your product options.
Step 2 – Go to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab, click the ‘add images/Text’ button on your product & ‘Select Images to Upload’ or use the Facebook/Instagram tabs.
Step 3 – Choose the images you want to use for your collage, upload & select them from the uploaded photos list.
Step 4 – Click ‘Create montage’ & select your collage style.
Step 5 – Add the collage to your design.
Your silk printing options include classic and new reactive printing technology for many of our silk variants. Classic printing will provide your silk with a cool and mellow surface print, while reactive printing will infuse the fabric with ink, creating lasting and bright design with a higher wash allowance.
With our extensive knowledge of fabric printing, we offer full-colour print onto 100% silk using the latest reactive printing methods. This specialist printing method bonds the dyes to the fabric fibres to create long-lasting, superior colour depth, and rub fastness. Printed and produced in-house in west London, we offer you an extremely high-quality real silk (not synthetic) with your design, or photos printed on silk for small pieces or long runs. We are a one-stop for single silk prints and one of the only silk printing companies around. We buy the plain and perfect silk from a specialist expert provider with over 100 years of supplying the finest silk fabrics to the fashion, interiors and bridal industries, then we expertly apply your design ensuring the highest print and production standards are being met. If you are thinking about silk printing in London UK vs. screen printing the short run solution will win hands down.
All of our fabrics are printed at 200dpi. This works for us as it combines a great quality as we as a good file weight. In order to avoid resizing and interpolation, we recommend that you scale your image to 100% at 200dpi. Our design interface works with a traffic light system that acts as a quality marker for your designs. This will show you whether the resolution is too low for printing. When you re-upload your design with a highest resolution, the traffic lights will change colour, showing you're good to go. A message will pop up alongside the traffic lights to let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
Your uploaded design will automatically be scaled to fit the size of fabric you've chosen. You can change the dimensions of your fabric by amending the measurements on the ‘Product Options’ tab, under ‘Print Size’. To see how this fits with the dimensions of your image/design, you can refer to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab under 'Quality Information'. Here, you will be able to edit the dimensions of the image.
We always recommend using an RGB colour space when you upload your images. More specifically, we suggest using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. This will need to be done in your editing software; choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
There is no length limit for most of our fabrics. Our preview design window is set up to displaying a maximum of 10m to help you visualise the print, but that doesn't mean this is the print limit. If you'd like to order more, you can increase the quantity (x2 for 20m or x4 for 40m for example) and order as much as you'd like. Larger volumes will receive an automatic discount too. While the fabric length is nothing to worry about, each individual fabric will have a maximum width side: These can be found on the fabric's page information or in the design interface.
Yes, that will help you when it comes to cutting or framing your printed fabric. We recommend always adding a little extra space for borders into your purchased fabric size. When we print your materials, or send out fabric samples, we typically trim squarely around the fabric, leaving approximately 5mm white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.
Crocking is the term used to describe fading along the creases in a fabric. It typically can occur after constant washing or heavy use of digitally printed natural fabrics. Crocking can be minimised by hand washing your fabrics at a cooler temperature, rather than machine washing. If you want to make sure there's no chance of crocking, we'd suggest you use a poly fabric.
Yes, our organic fabrics don't have an additional coating like non-organic fabrics have, which means it absorbs the inks deep into its fibre and reducing the colour strength slightly (this can be approximately -40%). If you would like a bolder, more vibrant colour for your fabric, we would suggest using a non-organic fabric.
Unfortunately not; all of our fabrics have been tested meticulously to ensure we know exactly how to get the best results, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. If you are set on a fabric we don't offer, we can offer custom printed sublimation paper to order which will allow you to heat press your designs onto your own fabrics.
If your design is simple and less intricate, a JPEG will be absolutely fine. However, if you have created a design with multi-coloured detailing, we would recommend saving your design in a TIFF format.
Similar to other fabric printing processes, shrinkage can occur. The amount of shrinkage will depend on the fabric, but as a general rule of thumb, please allow for 2-8% shrinkage when working out your measurements. Shrinkage is not an exact science, and the amount of shrinkage will vary from print run to print run. We'd always suggest order a little more than you need for your project.
Many of the fabrics we offer are semi-transparent, so printing on both sides of the fabric is not a service we offer.
At the moment, all of our fabric labels are printed on satin fabric. For now, we believe this is the best choice, but will potentially introduce other options in the future. All labels are cut to the same label format. If you would like to choose a different fabric and format for your labels, you could always order a sheet of the fabric of your choice to create labels yourself.
Our fabrics are printed with water-based inks as environmental consciousness is always front of our minds. Water-based inks include no chemicals or solvents, and our printing process uses heat to fix colours and patterns into place to avoid excess or contaminated water returning into the water system (this is something that can occur through steaming). All printing, fulfilment and production is done in our one facility in London, and rather than rolling the fabrics or sending them in a tube, you will receive your material folded up. This amounts to 150 tubes saved a week, as well as much more space on the delivery van for more orders. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).
Although very rare, there could be a slight colour difference from one print run to another. This is a normal part of the printing process, however we are always working to improve our colour profiles. It is unlikely that the difference in print runs will be hugely different (for example, it's unlikely your orange is suddenly going to be red). The likelihood of colour variations can be intensified fabric to fabric due to materials having different grains and textures; natural fabrics typically have more muted colour tones, while poly alternatives have a bolder hue. This is because the construction of the material is different, and the printing method has to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
Our full cut & sew service at Bags of Love can be used to your full advantage. We even offer hemming for your fabrics at a small additional cost. Our hems are created with a one or two cold hem that typically uses around 5 to 20mm of fabric (depending on the thickness of your chosen material). Please bare this in mind when you are ordering your printed fabric with hems: If you would like your finished piece to be 100cm x 100cm, change your dimensions to 101.5cm instead to allow space for your hems (you will also need to include additional for potential shrinkage). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. Your printed fabric will be hemmed with either Black or White thread. If you are ordering a lightly woven material or a printed silk, you will find that one hem will be straight, while the other slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:
For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.
Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, you may find a slight variance in the sizes.