1. What are lanyards and ribbons

Custom lanyards are made of a variety of yarns to form a narrow web or tubular fabric.

The ribbon is a flexible material that is usually made of cloth material but can also be made of plastic or metal materials. The general purpose of a ribbon is to bundle objects and join two pieces together.

Cloth, especially silky ribbons, is generally related to clothing, but can also be used for decoration, commemoration or symbolic purposes. Cultures around the world also use ribbons on hair, body, and even pets or buildings. The ribbon is also used as a decoration for the gift.


Lanyards can be divided into a couple of types base on different textures: Polyester lanyards, Nylon lanyards, silicone lanyards, PVC lanyards, etc. Former two are more popular in real life.

Polyester lanyards VS Nylon Lanyards
Polyester lanyards VS Nylon lanyards


Likewise, the classification of ribbons includes polyester Stain Ribbon, Nylon Satin Ribbon, Velvet Ribbon, Double Face Ribbon, Silky Ribbon, etc.

Polyester Stain Ribbon VS Nylon Satin Ribbon
Polyester Stain Ribbon VS Nylon Satin Ribbon


3.Range of Application

There is a big difference in the range of applications between lanyards and ribbons. The following pictures will more clearly display several main uses of these two textile accessories.

Lanyards : badge lanyards, cell phone lanyards, carbine lanyards, Key chain lanyards, exhibition lanyards, ID lanyards.

Badge lanyards & Cellphone lanyards & Carabiner lanyards
Badge lanyards   &   Cellphone lanyards   &   Carabiner lanyards

Ribbons:Headband,  Sweater chain, Decorative pouch,   Decorative side of the clothes,   Decorative flowers,   Decorative paintings, Doing handmade dolls,  Gift wrapping.

Gift Wrapping & Hair Pin & Decorative Flowers
Gift Wrapping   &   Hair Pin   &   Decorative Flowers


4.Printing Process

The lanyard can be printed with text or company logo. The process can be basically divided into three types: dye-sublimated, silkscreen and woven. In the customization of the lanyard, the most familiar one is that you like to print your favorite LOGO on the lanyard. There are two common ways to print LOGO, namely dye-sublimated and silk screen printing. What is the difference?

Silk screen lanyard
Silkscreen lanyard


Silkscreen lanyard, from the process of production process analysis, it is to fix the webbing on the screen, then pour the ink into one end, and apply a certain pressure on the ink part of the screen printing plate with the squeegee, while facing the screen printing plate. Move the other end. The ink is squeezed from the mesh of the graphic portion onto the substrate while being moved, thus forming a LOGO.

Features: silkscreen lanyard is a bright color, LOGO has obvious convexity, effectively reflects LOGO. However, since the ink is attached to the fabric, if the adhesion is not strong, it is easy to fall off, especially in the case of washing or scraping.

Dye-sublimated lanyard
Dye-sublimated lanyard


In terms of the process of production, the dye-sublimated lanyard first prints the pattern on the surface of the film and then presses the high-temperature pressing to print the relevant LOGO on the surface of the product. After the molding, the ink layer is integrated with the surface of the product.

Features: The pattern printed on the thermal transfer lanyard is rich in layers, colorful, and ever-changing. It can be multicolor printing, can print gradient colors, and improve product grade, but the LOGO has no three-dimensional concave and convex feeling, and the overall smoothness.


Ribbon, interlaced by warp and weft. It is possible to improve the quality by double the weft or to improve the quality by adding times to the warp. This process is a satin structure. By doubling the warp, the texture of the label becomes soft and smooth. However, after the warp is doubled, the density is too large, and the weft yarn cannot express the pattern well. The color of the bottom surface cannot be made very flexible, and only a certain color requirement can be revealed through the post-process.



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