Lumi Textile Printing

A while back we shared with you a cool company called Lumi. The business was creating products with fabric that they printing using a secret potion and some natural sunlight.  Now, a year after we first reported on them, we learned that Lumi is now making it possible for others to create their own fabrics using the same process.

By bottling their secret potion, called Inkodye, and sharing instructions on how the printing process works, textile designers and fashion designers alike can experiment with creating their beautiful, detailed, luminescent fabrics.

According to the company’s website “Inkodye is used for photograms, shadow prints, painting, dyeing, silk-screening, batik and more! Works great on cotton, wood, suede, silk and other natural fibers. Expose your design to sunlight and watch the color appear!”  And it’s totally permanent. I mean, we’re creating fashion collections here, not making crafts.

As I’m writing this, I’m realizing that it’s sounding a bit like a sales pitch.  I promise you, it’s not.  We’re in no way tied up with the company and are not vouching for the product, we just think the Lumi textile printing process is really unique and seems like it could be something cool to experiment with.  We also really like the way the business took something it was doing successfully and started offering it to other businesses…smart move for business growth, in our opinion.

Anyway, if anyone decides to try it out, send us some photos of your process and final result!

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

  1. Shani

    This process is really cool!! Really considering using for my new collection!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. victoria

    I did a similar process for my Textiles Major Project using a similar method of developing emulsion prints in sunlight, i was using the cyanotype method but this is also great with a much wider colour palette to work with, thanks for sharing!!!

    • Nicole

      You’re welcome, Victoria! So glad you find it interesting. 🙂 Do let us know if you use it for any of your projects. We’d love to see the result!

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