Use (wear) and maintenance (washing and drying) of textile products, affect the legibility of printed information on the labels. The aim of master’s thesis was to analyse and evaluate the quality of printed textile labels according to the properties of selected textile ribbons with different properties. The research is a part of a study which purpose is to create recommendations, including instructions recommendable to use in the process of printing. In the preliminary study, we examined and analysed textile labels on the Slovenian market. Six different textile ribbon materials-samples, used in regular label production in Etiketa Žiri, Slovenia, were used. All ribbons were printed in flexographic printing technique. Printed elements were text (example of fibre composition), correspond typeface and two squares, with different tone values. All samples were printed with black (on white ribbons) and white (on black ribbons), solvent-based printing ink. The research was performed on unprinted and printed textile ribbons, before and after washing/dry cleaning procedures. Colour properties of washed and dry cleaned samples were obtained by comparing unwashed/uncleaned printed samples with once and five times washed/dry cleaned ones. From the measured L*, a* and b* colour values the colour difference (ΔE) was calculated.
The results have shown that all used unprinted textile ribbon samples had comparable properties, while properties of textile ribbons after printing and washing were deteriorated. Analyses of selected samples also proved that white textile ribbons, printed with black printing ink sustain better quality of labels than black ribbons, printed with white printing ink. Colour changes of dry cleaned samples were higher comparing to washed ones.