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Human Rights Watch Report on Abuses in the Pakistani Textile Industry

There is an appalling report by Human Rights Watch,  released on  1/23/19,  called “Unfair and Abusive Labor Practices in Pakistan.” There are approximately 15 million garment workers in Pakistan and many are working in abysmal conditions with no real protections. The piece makes truly sobering reading. You can also watch a brief video released along…

Misprint Monday: Preventing Scorching with a Transfer Press (Bottom Heat)

There are so many crazy fabrics out there, and we are all trying to decorate them. Transfers are a great option, but even applying transfers can cause scorching. At my shop we recently even had a low temp version causing scorching on some relatively expensive 1/4 zips. For both stopping scorching (who cares if the…

Shoptalk at ISS Long Beach 2019: A Quick Recap for Those Who Missed it

The Ink Kitchen created a Shop Talk area at 2019 ISS Long Beach. A highlight was to have professionals working in the field come in and share their vision and their expertise. Many of them had never spoken in public before, so this was fresh and fun and down to earth.  We’ll be sharing more…

Shop Talk Schedule ISS Long Beach 2019

Shop Talk. These are all free talks. These are all happening at the Ink Kitchen Hangout Area. These are not the usual suspects, these are folks doing the work every day, not professional speakers. Booth 3521. Hope to see y’all there. See and hear amazing things. Bring questions. Speaker                         Session Date Time FRIDAY KC…

Dov Charney and Our Youtube Channel

Ink Kitchen has a Youtube channel with a bunch of interviews. There is a three part interview we did with Dov Charney (CEO of Los Angeles Apparel and founder of American Apparel). You can watch the first part here: The man can talk and he covers a whole lot of ground in a relatively short…

Resolutions for the New Year

At this point it is such a cliche to make New Year’s Resolution, and so many people have the experience of making them and not keeping them that it can seem futile. However, setting goals, making timelines for those goals, and periodically reviewing those goals is always a good idea and a New Year is…

Misprint Monday: Why Out of Register? Let Me Count the Ways…

I just joined yet another screenprinter’s group on Facebook. The groups are good ways to share knowledge with your peers. They also are a good place to share  complaints with each other, since our families, friends and co-workers long ago stopped wanting to hear about such things. This group had an interesting initiation, to keep…

7 Truths and 7 Lies for a New Year

Some reflections at year’s end on lies and truth in our industry, here are a lucky 7 of each for you: Lies: “One Coat” ink is the answer to all your printing problems.” I made that name up, but no ink is the answer to all your printing problems. There is no miracle white ink…

Shame on Badger Sportswear

The Associated Press and NPR/Frontline and the New York Times and other news outlets are reporting that Chinese internment camps are forcing inmates to make apparel including for Badger Sportswear, the North Carolina based company. Ethnic Uighurs and Kasakhs who are discriminated against in Western China are forced into internment camps and for no pay…

Gildan Third Quarter Results Reported: Taking Over the World a Quarter at a Time

Gildan released their third quarter results and you can read them in French or English here. They appear to be in a steady course to take over the world garment trade. Of note are the following: They secured a major underwear contract, private label for their largest customer. Fruit of the Loom/Jerzees and Hanes lost most…

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