SANTO TIRSO RESIDENCY: ADALBERTO FACTORY VISIT
A tour of Adalberto Estampados @adalberto.official designers of textiles for fashion and home developed for clients located internationally. With over 400 workers Adalberto have developed a system for fabric preparation that saves 60% of water and takes 1 hour rather than a previous 6. The digital printing facilities can print 60 meters per minute and traditional screen printing is monitored constantly but hand and eye to ensure accuracy. Specializing in cotton, polyester and viscose they also offer fabrics that are 100% recycled which are becoming more frequently requested.
What was most interesting to see is how manual the traditional screen printing process is, which can have multiple members of staffing observing the process at one time and ensuring no errors are made. Similarly, the digital process is continually monitored but is far less physically labor intensive. The main office where the original illustrations are made is light and airy, with the majority being digitally designed and one hand illustrator working on ink drawings. Whilst also being a supplier for printed textiles for the likes of Zara, Next and Primark, Adalberto outsources the production of garments on request.