Many of you print scarves with Lacuna Press. One concern can be how much of your printed design will show through to the back of the fabric. So, with the arrival of our new 34gsm Silk Chiffon and 34gsm Silk Habotai, I thought it would be a good time to give you a demonstration! (Of course if you have our fabric swatch pack you can do this IRL for yourself).
The level of show-through, from most to least, seems to be as follows:
- Silk Chiffon, 34gsm
- Silk Habotai, 34gsm
- Silk Crepe de Chine, 52gsm
- Silk Habotai, 43gsm
- Cotton Lawn, 90gsm
- Silk Satin Twill, 60gsm
Most of our fabrics have some show through to the back; even the heavier fabrics, where the weave is pretty open (for example our Belgian Linens).
Do Reactive Dyed Fabrics have more Show-through than Pigment Printed Fabrics?
Although the finishing process is different, the printing process is the same – the same printers pushing ink into fabric – so although I have seen this raised as an issue, I am not sure how true it is. Some pigment printers print onto fabric that has been treated with a special coating, so perhaps in that case the ink does tend to sit on the surface. However, this is not something that we do at Lacuna Press. We have chosen to print onto un-coated fabrics because we prefer the resulting look and feel.
Here is an example of a reactive dyed habotai silk scarf, both front and back:
We’d love to hear your comments about this!