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What is the difference between a serigraph and a giclee?

Serigraphs are made by hand through a process called silk screen printing. They are original art, not reproduction prints. During the printing process a hand cut stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. The resulting print has great colour density and saturation.

By contrast, giclée printing is a print reproduction method. During the printing process an ink jet printer is used to reproduce the original either on canvas, or on paper. This is accomplished by placing ink dots very closely to create the overall image. Giclées are essentially digital copies of an original.

At Cedar Hill Long House Native Art Prints we do not sell giclées. We sell limited edition serigraphs of Northwest coast art.