About Dye(Print) at kimonotte factory

We use the latest inkjet printing technique called ‘sublimation transfer printing’!

What is ‘sublimation transfer printer’?


  Kimonotte factory uses the latest type of ‘sublimation transfer printer’, and this cutting edge machine provides a vivid color printing and allows printing by small lots. Unlike ordinary inkjet printers, it is a low maintenance, low cost and also saves printing time.

   Its mechanism is that first we print a pattern onto a special type of paper by inkjet printer, then vaporize the pattern at 190 Celsius heat to soak and establish into a fabric. By this way, the pattern stays deep within the fabric and provides the print having sufficient dye fastness. This type of printing is limited to polyester and such fabrics, and not offering on silk or ramie fabrics at this point.

 Presently, ‘sublimation transfer printer’ is used mainly for advertising banners, sportswear, and Hanten jackets, and gradually it is being used in apparel industry. Kimonotte factory basically operates by on-demand style (we show various designs, and you can select a color and size, then we print the order here), so our system can avoid having to own the equipment needed to maintain the inkjet printers. This also provides a fast printing in a small office in the middle of the city.


However, please read the following important information about using our product.

Color fastness of our products


There is a common inspection test for color fastness, and we requested a test of our dye color samples to an inspection agency.


Light-Resistant JIS L 0842 change Above 3
Washing JIS L 0844(A2) change


color transfer 4-5
Sweat JIS L 0848 Acid change 5
color transfer 4-5
Alkali change 5
color transfer 4-5
Friction JIS L 0849
dry 4
wet 4-5
Dry Cleaning JIS L 0860
change 4-5
color transfer 4-5
Chlorinated Water JIS L 0884 A change 4-5
Sublimation JIS 0854 
Attached cloth: Cotton/Polyester
change 5
color transfer 2-3 (fail)





As you can see in above inspection result, the dye has enough fastness; however, we failed only the ‘sublimation’ part (Textile standard by Kaken Test Center). This inspection was done by pressing 120 Celsius heat over a white cloth which was placed over the dye pattern. It was to inspect any color change and transference to a white cloth. There was no color change, but as you can see, the color transferred to a cloth.

As one of the mechanisms of ‘sublimation transfer printer’ is to vaporize the dye by high temperature to establish the pattern, so when it was exposed to the same type of temperature, the dye vaporizes again. Therefore, in conclusion, the ‘sublimation transfer printer’ is weak to high temperature.

About ironing


We also tested our sample fabrics by the same way by ironing. After ironing the sample by 140 Celsius which is common temperature for treating polyester, the dye surely transferred to a cloth. When we left the iron longer, the original pattern became blurry. When we adjusted the iron to low temperature, 120 Celsius, the color transference was very faint and not as disturbing. Therefore, we concluded that transference is almost unnoticeable by just common treatment of ironing.

Products of kimonotte factory are mostly polyester, and our Kimono can be washed at home, but please avoid ironing as much as possible. If you, however, must iron the Kimono, please adjust the temperature very low and iron as quick as possible. (Our obi are lined with cotton, so it CANNOT be washed at home.)