Inside The MIT Store
Have you ever looked at our product and wondered how it is manufactured? Do you want to know how we get our exclusive products to your doorstep? Are you interested in knowing how an organization full of students can run/is running a merchandise store? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then don’t fret because we, at the MIT Store, are here to explain the entire process of how we get your favorite products made with love and care. So let’s begin.
The main hubs in India for textiles are Ludhiana and Tirrupur, the latter being India’s largest exporters of quality garments. To get the utmost quality products for you, we’ve spent a lot of time researching and looking for vendors across the country, who deal with manufacturers with the ability of fulfilling our requirements and specifications of the product. We’ve also gone out on a limb and asked the selected vendors to send in their previously manufactured products to us by courier so that we could feel the fabric and approve of its quality. All of this just because we care about your happiness, isn’t that sweet?
Once we’ve decided on which vendor to go with, we work on the design of the product and adjust it according to the format that is prescribed to us by the manufacturer. Now let us explain what happens inside the factory while sticking only to the basics because of course the internet can explain better.
For products that require printing work to be done, the manufacturer transfers the design and the image we want onto a transparent sheet which is known as “The Screen” which basically acts as the stencil of the design printing process. This process is technically called Screen printing, where the screen with the design is placed on the screen printing press. This is followed by placing the product on the screen printing press where the design is heat-fused onto the product. One fact to make note of is that the manufacturer can use different types of screens based on the fabric and texture of both, the product and the design. The next thing that follows is that manufacturer uses multiple screens if the design required has multiple colors on it. Each screen printing press has the capability of printing 6-8 products, based on the type of machine being used thus making it a very labor intensive and time consuming task. There are other printing techniques too such as: -Sticker Printing (for complex designs that can’t be made in a screen or for gradient colours)
-DTG printing ( Direct to garment printing, this is more like printing a design on to a tee from a printer, production time is slow but superb results, a bit on the expensive side too) here's an interesting video of the process:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE8MJ5qgnss
For our cherished products like the Rainbow T-shirt that require extensive embroidery instead of the classic printing, an expensive automated machine is employed which has the capability of producing up to 20 embroidered designs per minute. An interesting fact we’d like to share is that while manufacturing the Rainbow T-shirt, a swiftly working 9 threaded machine was used instead of the traditional 7 threaded machine. This was done to ensure that there was no compromise being made when it came to the embroidery of the seven unique rainbow colors on the T-shirt, including the border.
After the design is printed/embroidered, the fabric is stitched according to the sizes required, where the nature of the job is blue-collared and extremely time consuming. One of the main reasons why our operations are held at a pause during this pandemic, revolves around the fact that blue-collared employees are at home. We hope to bring our operations right on track after the lockdown is lifted, while also keeping the safety of these employees in consideration.
The fully stitched end product is then brought to us by the vendor and we take the pleasure of packing the product with extreme love, which is followed by the task of safely shipping the product to your doorstep.
We would also like to mention that we are extremely grateful to touch the lives of our customers through our products and are working religiously to make your experience with us even better.
If you found this article interesting and want to know more about the t-shirt printing process, this article might interest you: https://www.customplanet.co.uk/what-is-screen-printing-step-by-step-i50 .