(The birth of a technique)

Screen printing began to have its first forms, in China. During the Song dynasty, which reigned from 960 to 1279, the first attempts appeared to make a form of printing that allowed the reproduction of line drawings and the coloring of some fabrics. Over time, this technique spread throughout the Asian continent until it reached Japan, where they perfected it and mixed it with other techniques already known such as Xylography, where they used a wooden board which they carved by hand to make the drawing or text they wanted to print, and then they impregnated the grooves that had been carved before with ink and thus managed to stamp/print what they wanted.

After many years of experimentation and the arrival of fabric dyeing techniques such as Katazome, the mixture of techniques was accelerated along with the advance in the production and marketing of silk, where the commercial, economic, and productive of this form of printing.


But it is not until the 1900s that a patent for this way of printing is reached. An American manages to perfect silk-screen printing by creating a wooden frame that resists the placement of a silk tight enough so that it does not deform, and he also invented an emulsion that was capable of blocking the passage of ink in those places where it was not wanted. that the ink was in contact with the material to be printed, and that it only let the paint pass through where the design to be reproduced was.

This patent was such an important change that it caused a revolution among sign makers or also called letterers, who were people who dedicated themselves to painting and drawing freehand letters and drawings. This system was quickly extended as a form of printing and it was possible to see its potential when seeing that it could be stamped on all kinds of objects.

The passing of the years did the rest, it was possible to create emulsions that were reactive to light (photographic emulsions) where it was possible to copy the matrices more quickly to make the prints, and this technique also favored the production of high-resistance silks to the tension and quality of the fabrics with which they were made. Today, the advancement and improvement of this system has made it possible to apply this form of printing to many types of materials where other systems cannot, which is why screen printing continues to be a printing system that is as versatile as it is unique. Each serigraphic workshop has its specialty on certain materials, and we, with the work already carried out, show what we can do. To learn more about us, visit the image gallery of each section.


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