This special 40th anniversary shirt is inspired by Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga which means Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and was painted around 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 are exactly described and what they mean. Also, the part of them are missing and it is difficult 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 strongest natural fibres and it is strong even when wet.
The shirt has been Nassen (捺染) dyed. Nassen dyeing is the process of applying color to fabric in definite patterns or designs. In properly printed fabrics, the color is bonded with the fibre, so as to resist washing and friction. Textile printing is related to dyeing; but dyeing usually refers to the whole fabric being uniformly covered with one color, 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.
- 100% ramie fabric
- Inspired by the first work of comic/manga in Japan
- Relaxed fit
- 1 chest pocket
- Detailed buttons
- Nassen dyed
- Special edition
- Made in Japan