Trying to educate myself regarding the "reactive printing" process.
Actually, I have not had an easy time locating a perfect (easy to understand) definition of the reactive ink process. Today I actually realized that I do not even have a definition in the Apparel Search Glossary. I will have to work on compiling a good definition. Here are two definitions that I have found that I thought may be of some help.
February 25, 2009:
"Reactive dye printing is a method of printing a dye or was by using mixes there of to create colors. With a binder and a heat-activated printing additive, images can be permanently bonded to the substrate (typically textiles, but can include cellulose, fibers, polyester, and even proteins). These reactions are generally heat-activated."
The following is from a patent application
at the USPTO for the reactive dye printing process.
"Reactive dye printing process : Abstract - A formulation and method of printing an ink or meltable ink layer having reactive dyes or mixtures of reactive dyes and disperse dyes as colorants. The ink or ink melt layer also includes an alkaline substance, a binder, and optionally, a heat-activated printing additive. Permanently bonded color images are provided by the reaction between the reactive dye and the final substrate, which may be any cellulosic, protein, or polyamide fiber material, or mixtures with polyester. Reaction occurs upon heat activation of the printed ink image."
If you have a better definition (easy for all to understand), please list your definition in the comments section below. Hopefully, that will help others in the future.