Initially, transfer printing was developed for embellishing ceramics. Clothing was nowhere on the scene. Started during the 1750’s in England, vinyl printing spread to other parts of Europe and became very popular.
During that era, the process involved a roller or metal plate engraved with an ornamental element. The surface was covered with ink and then pressed or rolled over the object to that needs to be decorated. The process was not easy. However, it was faster as compared to hand printing.
Later on during later 1940s, the invention of first thermal transfer printing happened. SATO, a renowned corporation, made this invention. Thermal Transfer Printing is presently the most used technique of the present age.