Color Standard: When doing a custom color, the customer must provide a reference sample to Carr Textile of the color requested and keep a sample swatch for their future reference. The bigger the piece the better chance of hitting the color. Remember if you provide a sample fabric that has a different fabric content or weight, this will affect the color matching. If you use a Pantone Color Swatch, the printed colors on paper will look different than a texturized fabric.
Lab Dip: Lab dips are done to provide a visual aid on how a color will look when it is dyed. Your actual production sample will vary from the lab dip that is provided. Remember that the lab dip is produced in a beaker and is not an actual production run. It is not possible to lab dip enough fabric for a sample cap or garment. When the goods are dyed in a real production run, the conditions are dramatically different from the laboratory. Production will not begin on your fabric unless a lab dip is approved or the customer waives the lab dip process. Once a lab dip is approved, we will dye only to the lab dip approved. The original color swatch is no longer the target. Do NOT approve a lab dip that you would not be happy with as a production run.
Color Match: Carr Textile will make every attempt to get the special dye lot as close to the lab dip as possible. Dyeing is an art and not a science. No two dye lots are the exact same color. However, a commercial match to the lab dip will be achieved on a special dye lot. A commercial match will be a similar tone that may be darker or lighter than the lab dip.
There are many variables that we must contend with that can vary the color or appearance which make it impossible to get an exact match. Some of these variables include:
1. Your color swatch was produced from a different mill with different processes, equipment, and dye stuffs.
2. Dye stuffs used to produce fabric vary in shade from lot to lot.
3. Atmospheric conditions such as humidity vary day to day.
4. The natural (greige) goods vary from lot to lot. Some woven goods are very clean and the dyes absorb deeply while others may not take as deep.
5. The cotton from different crops will absorb dyes differently.
During the dying process, all of these variables are constantly monitored and changes are made to keep the color as close to the color standard as possible. Even while making these changes, there will be slight variances in shade from your reference sample, to the lab dip, to the actual production run.
Hand: The Hand of the fabric will be specified to be similar to our stock line. For instance, our Poly/Cotton Twill stock fabric line has a medium-stiff hand while our Chino twill has a soft hand. Hands will have variations from dye lot to dye lot. However, a commercial match will be achieved. If the Customer would like a different hand than our stock line, it must be clearly specified in writing on the purchase order. Alternative hands to our stock program have been set up on many fabrics which your Sales Representative can sample you on. To set up a special hand, a minimum of a one yard sample must be sent by Customer to set up as standard.
Finish: Brushed, Sanded, Sueded, and Peached Finishes have become popular and we use these terms interchangeably. A Brushed finish gives the fabric different looks by reflecting light differently. A Brushed piece of fabric will have a lighter or darker appearance depending on the direction that the fabric is viewed. An additional factor on Brushing is whether it is done After or Before the dyeing process. If a fabric is Brushed After Dying, the fabric will have a frosted or worn look especially on dark shades. Brushed After Dying will bring down the intensity of the color by about 10%. It is very difficult to control the outcome of the color on the front side of the goods because brushing/sanding is the last process. On fabrics that are Brushed After Dying, the backside of the fabric will be matched before the sanding process begins. This is the only way to match the color. Brushed Before Dyeing will have a clean and brighter appearance than Brushed After Dyeing. Also, the backside and frontside will be closer in color shade.
Distressed, Washed Down, and Bleached Finishes will provide a totally random appearance. The disclaimer should be read and signed before process of these dye lots.
Washing: Recently it has become popular to wash a garment after it is constructed. We can only dye to match the color before it is washed. We cannot make any guarantees on how the fabric will look after it goes through your garment washing process.
Lead Time: Once the lab dip is approved, a written non-cancelable purchase order and deposit will be required before production is begun. Production time will vary by mill and time of year, but is generally 4 to 8 weeks for domestically dyed fabrics and 12 or more weeks for foreign dyed fabric. Ask your Sales Representative for a projected time table for your dye lots. Remember mills have schedules to follow and dying fabric is a very time consuming process. Additionally, dye lots can fall out due to a variety of reasons (i.e. off shade, greige good problem, etc). Therefore, we do not guarantee projected finish dates. Any air freight would be at customer’s expense to expedite shipment.
General Information: Bright or deep colors are subject to crocking and bleeding. Light and dark colors should not be mixed within the same garment. Weights of fabric are general classifications. Specific requirements must be brought to our attention when placing the order and written on the purchase order, not after the fabric has been dyed. Note any special instructions on the Packing Slip such as IBC (Inspect Before Cutting). Sometimes a mill will have some fabric that is a slightly different shade but is still considered first quality, which is commonly known as A-Shade. Cut A Shade rolls separately.
Quantity and Seconds: First and Second Quantities, as classified by the mill, are not known until the goods are finished. Your Sales Representative should be able to give you a good estimate on the yield of Firsts and Seconds after our finishing loss on a dye lot. Expect a 10% variance on quantity of fabric that you order. Any Seconds that are produced from a special dye lot must be taken at a discounted price.
Deposit: A 50% deposit will be required and the entire balance paid prior to shipment, if you have had an account for less than two years, your account is not current, your account with the value of the special dye lot exceeds your credit limit, or your account does not qualify for terms. This policy is necessary because Carr Textile is not able to recover costs on special dye lots if a customer tries to cancel or does not want to take a special dye lot. A firm non-cancelable written purchase order is needed before the order will be started. Orders are not cancelable