What is Calico Print?
When you hear the word calico, most people instantly think of calico cats. Calico cats are cats with a mainly white coat, and patches of two other colours. When calico applies to a fabric, many people assume it means roughly the same thing. This is, however, not the case. Calico print fabric doesn't refer to the colouring at all, it refers in fact to the fabric itself. Calico fabric is a plain-woven material; it is made from unbleached cotton, which is often not fully processed. It isn't quite as fine as muslin, however it's much less thick and coarse than a textile like denim or canvas. Calico fabric gets its name from a city called Calicut, which is in southwestern India and is where the fabric is originally from.
How Calico Print Fabric is Finished
You have a choice of four different edge finishes when you use our custom design calico printing. You can either have your calico print fabric sent to you "As Is" which will be sent exactly as it comes out of the printer; with a white border about the edges. You can have your printed calico material "Cut on the Line" which will have had that white border expertly removed by one of our specialists. If you would prefer you can choose to have your calico printing hemmed. You'll get the option of two colours for the thread of your hems; either black or white. Your calico printing will be beautifully hemmed using an overlocked hem which is stitched completely over the edges of your calico fabric, by one of our expert seamstresses.