What is rugby textile sublimation?
Sublimation is a transfer process which, using heat, permanently dyes the rugby jersey (and more generally all textile surfaces).
How does sublimation work?
First, the design is applied to a transfer paper. Printing is done upside down on a printer. Then, this paper is applied to the textile using a heated press which allows the transfer of the ink to the fabric.
Then the different textile panels (for the jersey, there will be the sleeves, the front and the back of the jersey) are sewn. In rugby, jerseys and shorts have reinforced seams to resist impacts and pulling of jerseys.
The advantages of sublimation?
Thanks to this printing technique, the colors, shapes, photos, logos and other emblems are faithfully reproduced on the 100% polyester jersey, shorts or other tank top.
Made of polyester, the textile fabrics can be washed at 60° without altering the colors.
Then, unlike flocking, sublimation makes it possible to preserve the initial properties of the textile, and in particular breathability and therefore the evacuation of perspiration.
Finally, unlike other printing techniques where each addition costs money, in sublimation, the price is fixed regardless of the number of colors or logos.
With the sublimation technique, the customization of your rugby jerseys is almost infinite: colors, shapes, logos....
Most rugby brands offer models of rugby jerseys or shorts(ForceXV / Gilbert / BLK...)
But you can create your own template (see below). The only technical constraint is that all designs must be vectorized. If you do not master vectorization, the brand's design department will take care of it for technical costs which depend on each brand.
The constraint, compared to flocking in particular, is that a minimum quantity is generally required (10 pieces most often) which means that this technique is more intended for clubs or other sports associations.
How do I order sublimated jerseys or shorts?
First of all, you have the choice between the major rugby brands or going 'factory direct'. The quality is the same but the jersey will not have a brand and will therefore generally be cheaper.
Once this choice has been made, you must either opt for a design from the manufacturer, or you provide us with your own design. Some brands offer online software to help you, like ForceXV.
Then contact nicolas which will guide you to collect the different elements: sizes, numbers, logos....
All the information is then transmitted to the factory which issues a BAT (see example below), a contractual document before manufacturing.