The first worldwide known printed book was the Diamond Sutra dating since approximately 868 in China. But the famous book in the west couldn’t have been any other than the bible; more exact it was the Gutenberg Bible.
It was printed by Johannes Gutenberg, in Mainz, Germany, in the 1440s – 1450s. The number of copies was estimated up to 200, even though researchers are not sure of the exact number. There are around 50 copies left in the world, presented at museums or public libraries, such as New York Public Library, Library of Congress - Washington DC, Cambridge University Library - United Kingdom, Vatican Library, Gutenberg Museum - Mainz.
Shortly after the imprintment of this book, European creators and tech engineers have taken this art to the market place and made a successful business out of it.
The same goes to printing on textile materials; it is a fare possibility the printing procedures started in China, even before printing on paper – approx. 220. The processes were to create certain patterns on parts of the cloth in one color, later there were machines developed that would print in multiple colors.
Jumping to the mid 17th century, the French merchants brought printed textiles from India and the areas around; washable Indian blue and white imprinted textiles were very popular on the European markets. Especially for the English markets, specific designs were ordered from India. Soon it emerged into a trend; even to the present-day they have not gone out of style.
On textiles, a name that helped build the industry was Thomas Bell, whom in 1785 patented one of the first machines for imprinting more than one color simultanously on fabrics - the roller-printing process.
Nowadays, to make a powerful statement, famous people just use printed t-shirts with texts or images; the same goes for promoting different brands by using company logos or mission statements.
Coming from a limited printing procedure to such an evolved industry, the technology is able to create any pattern, design or text a person desires.
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Textile decoration has never achieved such a high quality standard, by order of technology, illustrators and logistics, than in the present day.