This exclusive 40th-anniversary shirt is inspired by Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga, which means Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and was painted around the twelfth century or thirteenth century by unknown painters belonging to the Kozan temple in Kyoto. They are sets of four picture scrolls and considered as the first comic in Japan. The story of picture scrolls goes from right to left though they do not have notes on them to explain, and we have to imagine what is precisely described and what they mean. Also, part of them is missing, and it isn't easy to understand everything in these paintings. Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is also credited as the oldest work of manga.
The shirt is made of 100% ramie. Ramie is made from the stalks of the plant called Chinese Nettle (Boehmeria nivea). Linen is similar, but it is made from the stalks of the flax plant. The spun threads have an inherent stiffness, like linen, and so can be woven into a lightweight open-weave pattern that is very cool and refreshing in humid climates. Since silk was reserved for the upper classes, the working folk in Japan used ramie as their luxury fabric.
Ramie fibre is white and lustrous and looks like silk, but it lacks stretch and elasticity. Extremely absorbent, much more than cotton, ramie fabric breathes well and makes comfortable clothing for warm and humid summers. Ramie is one of the most durable natural fibres, and it is strong even when wet.
The shirt has been Nassen (捺染) dyed. Nassen dyeing is the process of applying colour to fabric in definite patterns or designs. In properly printed materials, the colour is bonded with the fibre, to resist washing and friction. Textile printing is related to dyeing; but dyeing usually refers to the whole fabric being uniformly covered with one colour, whereas in printing one or more colours are applied to it only in certain parts and in sharply defined patterns. It is used in the traditional Japanese Kimonos.
Under the slogan of "Reconstruction of great old things", Studio D'Artisan is one of the iconic brands of Japanese denim. Founded by Shigeharu Tagaki and reproducing classics of French and American workwear since 1979, Studio D'Artisan takes pride in having been one of the Osaka 5.
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