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Kornit Allegro uses Pigment Ink for Fashion Applications

Kornit Allegro direct-to-fabric printer. FLAAR Photo Archive

Kornit Allegro was launched at ITMA 2011 in Barcelona, Spain; we have seen it at different trade shows ever since. I must say the results of the Allegro have been consistent through the years. It uses pigment ink and I must say the colors are absolutely impressive, incredibly bright and with intense hues.


Samples printed with Kornit Allegro at FESPA 2014. FLAAR Photo Archive

Allegro printer is actually one of the few wide-format printers manufactured exclusively to work with pigment inks. This makes the printing process not only more user friendly but it also makes it faster: since it eliminates pre-treatment and post-treatment. The only thing you have to do is to run the printed fabric through the in-line heating unit at the front of the printer.


Printed fabric going through the Kornit Allegro heater, ITMA Milano 2015. FLAAR Photo Archive.

With Kornit Allegro you can print directly onto a wide range of fabrics, such as: cotton, linen, viscose, polyester, nylon, silk, wool and blends. This translates into a very convenient solution for customization and personalization in terms of design.

In order to enter the fashion market, Kornit has partnered for three consecutive years with FIT (Fashion Institute o Technology in New York) for a textile design challenge. This year the theme was: Wearable Water, so FIT’s Textile/Surface Design students had the task to look at issues of sustainability in regard to one of the Earth’s largest and most important ecosystems: its oceans, and create a design to be printed (at Papilio Prints in New Jersey) with Kornit Allegro.

The winners obtained cash prizes and will be featured in the Kornit booth at SGIA 2016 in Las Vegas. Since FLAAR will be attending the show, we’ll drop by the Kornit booth to see the designs. So we hope to see you at the show and follow FLAAR Reports with the hash tag #FLAARatSGIA2016.


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