11 standard color cards commonly used in textile printing and dyeing


Guide:Color card is the embodiment of color existing in nature on a certain material (such as: paper, fabric, plastic, etc.). It is used for color selection, comparison, and communication. It is a tool for color to achieve uniform standards within a certain range.


As a textile industry practitioner dealing with colors, you must know these standard color cards!

11 standard color cards commonly used in textile printing and dyeing
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11 standard color cards commonly used in textile printing and dyeing




Pantone color card (PANTONE) should be the color card most contacted by textile, printing and dyeing practitioners, and there is no one.


Pantone, headquartered in Carlstadt, New Jersey, is an authoritative organization that specializes in the development and research of color and is well-known worldwide. It is also a supplier of color systems. It provides many industries including printing and other related colors such as digital technology, textile, Professional color selection and precise communication language for plastics, architecture and interior design.


Pantone was acquired in 1962 by Lawrence Herbert (Lawrence Herbert), the company's chairman, chairman and chief executive officer. At that time, it was just a small company producing color cards for cosmetics companies. Herbert introduced the first "Pantone Color Matching System" color scale in 1963. At the end of 2007, Pantone was acquired by another color service provider, X-rite, for US$180 million.


The special color card for the textile industry is the PANTONE TX card, which is divided into PANTONE TPX (paper card) and PANTONE TCX (cotton card). The PANTONE C card and U card are also used frequently in the printing industry.


The annual Pantone's annual fashion color has long become the representative of the world's fashion color!


#2. COLOR O color card


Coloro is a revolutionary color application system developed by China Textile Information Center and jointly launched by WGSN, the world's largest fashion trend forecasting company.


Based on a century of color methodology and condensing more than 20 years of scientific application and improvement, Coloro was launched. Each color is displayed in the 3D model color system by a 7-digit number code. Each code represents a point which is the intersection of hue, lightness and chroma. Through this scientific system, 1.6 million colors can be defined, which are a combination of 160 hues, 100 brightness, and 100 chroma.

COLOR O color card

 COLOR O color card




DIC color card, originated from Japan, is specially used in industry, graphic design, packaging, paper printing, architectural coating, ink, textile, printing and dyeing, design and so on.




The color card is named after the American colorist Albert H. Munsell (Albert H. Munsell 1858-1918). The Munsell color system has been repeatedly revised by the National Bureau of Standards and the Optical Society and has become one of the recognized standard color systems in the color world. .


In 1905, Albert H. Munsell developed the first widely accepted color order system, called the Munsell color system, which gave a precise description of colors . All the color aggregates described by Munsell color space are called Munsell color solid, which is like a twisted eccentric sphere.


(Picture: Munsell color system)


#5. NCS


The research of NCS began in 1611 and has now become the national inspection standard in Sweden, Norway, Spain and other countries. It is the most widely used color system in Europe. It describes the color in the way the eye sees the color. The surface color is defined in the NCS color card, and a color number is given at the same time.


The NCS color card can judge the basic properties of the color by the color number, such as: blackness, saturation, whiteness and hue.


The NCS color card number describes the visual attributes of the color, and has nothing to do with the pigment formula and optical parameters.


#6. RAL


RAL, German Raul color card. German European standards are also widely used internationally.

RAL, German Raul color card 

In 1927, RAL entered the color industry and created a unified language to establish standard statistics and naming for colorful colors. These standards are widely understood and applied worldwide. The 4-digit RAL color has been used as a color standard for 70 years, and it has grown to more than 200 so far.


#7. CSI textile color card


CSI Color Card / Color Wallette Color Manual is the market leader in textile solutions. A company that can provide solutions for all stages of textile production, from product design to final textiles. The technology and application expertise of this product have been widely recognized by the entire industry. Cooperate closely with textile retailers and brand owners, and have a complete global network of major textile production plants. In the textile supply chain, it provides accurate and colorful color management tools for enterprises and trade retailers.

 CSI textile color card


#8. YKK zipper color card


YKK color card is a special color card for YKK zippers and YKK products. The YKK color card has six pages, cataloging 582 colors, and each page is evenly distributed with 100 color positions. The latest YKK color card has 18 color positions in these six pages. Is vacant. The remaining 582 colors are all displayed in real fabric samples!


YKK zipper color card


#9. Archroma ARCHROMA cotton color card


Archroma ARCHROMA Cotton Color is the latest synthetic color standard for designers and product developers of clothing, textiles and soft furnishings. The color card has a total of six color systems, 4320 color numbers, and an NFC chip inside. Detailed color data can be obtained by scanning with a mobile phone, and each color number is equipped with recommended formulas for active, dispersive, and acidic dyes.


Archroma ARCHROMA cotton color card


Scotdic cotton color cards


The color card provides 2300 different SCOTDIC colors. The size of each color block is 1.5*4 cm. There is a self-adhesive backing glue behind each color block, which can be peeled off freely. It can be glued back again. It is widely used in clothing design, textile printing and dyeing, color proofing, color verification, and import and export textile trade.


#11. Japan Sanshan Yarn Color Card


Japan's Sanshan color card has become a widely used hosiery color reference book in the industry. Every year, customers use the colors in the Sanshan color catalog as a reference template for product color design. The new product has been revised into 365 colorful and colorful multi-purposes. Color, widely used in socks textile industry.

Japan Sanshan Yarn Color Card


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