You likely know us as teatowels.co.nz.
We have a long history of printing tea towels, over 25 years and counting. You can read more of our history at the bottom of this page.
However we are also a Commercial Screen printing facility, we print and supply everything textile and apparel. We also contract print for numerous agencies. In this line of work we see and print some truely awful stuff – In particular Polyester.
Hence the rebrand, we know polyester (especially under it’s clever marketing names such as Dri Gear, Quick Dry etc) isn’t going anywhere just yet and it does suit some applications. Given the option we would avoid it, and that is why it is going to be a footnote for us going forward.
We recommend alternate fabrics, in particular cotton. Organic is best, however any cotton is better than plastic. It prints better, doesn’t bleed colour into prints, and is better for our staff and our clients,
Long story story short, we are moving our focus across to what we want to print, and given Tea Towels are a great example of that we are moving our focus here and have changed our name to reflect our new focus!
Cotton Supply Co is part of the Graphics on Shirts family.
From 50 units to 10,000 units we have New Zealand’s teatowel requirements met locally, we source and stock our own teatowels and can indent larger quantities to client specs.
Established 1976 Graphics on Shirts was originally the trading name of Cheers and Beers Limited which was started by James (Jim) Crooks. In 2013 Cheers and Beers was purchased by it’s long time Screen Printer and began trading as Graphics on Shirts Ltd
teatowels.co.nz is New Zealand’s source of Branded Teatowels.
As well as tea towels we supply and print thousands of Aprons and Apparel items a year for agencies and businesses.
• Teatowel Supply and printing
• Apron and Uniform Supply
• In-House Screenprinting and Branding Facilities
• Proofing and advice
At Graphics on Shirts Limited we can brand and supply all of your apparel requirements, however while we have accounts with all major local suppliers such as Biz Collection, AS Colour, Syzmik, BMV, Cloke, James Harvest, Stormtech etc we import and stock our own 100% Cotton Tea Towels for printing.
We offer three main methods of branding:
Waterbased Screen Printing
Screen Printed Teatowels are our main product, we utitilise water based inks to ensure a soft and water abosrbant finish, ideally these would be cold water washed to prolong vibrancy. Using this process the ink effectively sits inside of the garment.
The big downside for us is that the ink needs to be mixed per job as it does not keep like plastisol.
We do also print Plastisol onto other products such as Tee shirts and Aprons.
While Waterbased Screenprinting is the
best method for Teatowels. Embroidery is great for Shirts and Aprons and is long lasting and look extremely classy, embroidery is perfect for thinner or smaller logos, as pricing is based on stitch count it is not ideal for large logos or areas. Pricing does scale with quantity, however it is not as economical on long runs as Screenprint can be and small details can be an issue.
While not at all suitable for Tea Towels – Digital transfers have come a long way, and are perfect for short runs where a large number of colours are required or where a large branding area is required, Digitals can prove to be cheaper than Screen Print or Embroidery when small quantities are required. Fine text is not suited to this method and whilst it does save on setup fees it is typically more costly than either Screenprint or Embroidery for longer runs. Pricing is based on area.
We update our instagram as often as time allows, you can see some of our work below.
teatowels.co.nz – New Zealand’s Teatowel Printer
Some of the Brands we supply:
AS Colour, Freeset, Biz Corporates, James Harvest, Stormtech, Icebreaker, Team Sports, Jbs Wear, Gildan, Anvil, BMV, Biz Collection, Cloke, Syzmik, Visitec, Legend Life, Trends Collection, Maxum, The Range.
If you have a particular brand you require please specify this your contact message.