Each length of cloth is washed, pressed and secured on the long printing tables. Complicated designs may sometimes be marked out using string to keep the lines straight but the expert printers need little guidance.
Years of experience has given them rhythmic precision as they pat the block in the ink and apply just the right amount of pressure on the cloth to ensure the necessary consistency of the long, unbroken designs.
Last Summer I made a pair of linen trousers for a Bespoke client. Whilst hunting for the exact right linen - not so crisp that it creases when you look at it, but slick enough for semi-formal occasions - I got in touch with Baird McNutt, one of Northern Ireland's best and oldest mills. I was so impressed with the feel and quality of what they produce that I immediately started a whole wardrobe of linen!