Hand feel

Term of the Week: Hand Feel

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The way a print feels to the hand or touch after it has been printed and dried is referred to as the hand or hand feel. In a print with "no hand" the ink will not be detectable to the touch—the fabric will feel almost the same in the printed and unprinted areas. Among others, a print may have a stiff hand, a soft hand, no hand, or a rubbery hand. 

Source: "Encyclopedia of Garment Printing"