I have been insistent that we print our clothing fabrics with fiber-reactive dyes instead of inks, even though dyes are more expensive and it is harder to find factories that print with dyes. Why do I bother? Ink sits on top of fabric, and can fade with washes. Dyes chemically bond to cotton fibers, meaning the clothes we make will not fade, and the dyes will in no way mask the softness of our pima cotton. I am maintaining my grandmother's quality standards from early Silvania.