If you've ever had the desire to create a one-off, totally custom aloha shirt or dress, I have some good news for you: the technology is finally available to print directly on textiles from an uploaded file.
Spoonflower uses large-format inkjet printers modified to print directly on fabric. Prices range from $18/yard to $32/yard depending on the material, which includes Quilting Weight Cotton, Organic Cotton Sateen, Organic Cotton Interlock Knit, Upholstery Weight Cotton Twill, Linen-Cotton Canvas, and Cotton Lawn. Spoonflower prints using eco-friendly, water-based pigment inks on natural fiber textiles, so no additional chemicals are used in the printing or preparation process.
The company also runs weekly contests for the 70,000+ individuals who currently use the service. A few weeks ago, the site had users create and upload tiki-themed fabric patterns. Those patterns can also be shared in the marketplace and purchased by other Spoonflower users (the image here is "Hawaiian Tikis1" by Michael Uhlenkott).
This is such an amazing cool service -- the aloha shirts at next year's Hukilau and Tiki Oasis may be a lot more individualized!
Visit the spoonflower website for more details