Etch Printing

etch printing

[′ech ‚print·iŋ]
(graphic arts)
Printing with a printing plate that has an image formed by chemical or electrolytic action.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Etch Printing


one of the common methods of transferring a design to fabric. Patterns are applied to specific areas of dyed fabric, removing the dye and thus creating the design. There are both white and colored methods of etch printing. In the former, there is no dye on the printing block, and after the process is completed there is a white pattern on a colored background; in the latter, the printing block has a dye, resistant to the substances that remove the color of the background, and the result is a colored pattern on a dyed fabric. Vat dyes are usually used in color etch printing.


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