This Studio D'artisan Loopwheeled ("Turi-Ami") t-shirt is woven in the Japanese Kanekichi Wakayama workshop, one of only two workshops in the world still keeping in operation after more than 100 years the tubular textile production machines that allow seamless garments to be made. The only tension used in the knitting process is gravity; the end result being a knitted fabric with virtually no inbuilt stress or tension. A loopwheel machine rotates at just 24 revolutions per minute, a modern knitting machine in excess of 10 times that. The result is a very soft but strong fabric, and the best t-shirt material made today.
The cotton used is 100% hand breed organic Fox cotton (Foxfibre®), naturally green cast coloured.
With a round neck, no side seams and 100% Fox cotton, this built-to-last t-shirt is exceptionally soft and comfortable.
Located in the Capay Valley of California northeast of San Francisco, Viriditas Farm is the place where Foxfibre® naturally coloured cottons are bred, and initial seed increases grew up. Rotational crops include heirloom Sonora wheat- the flavorful low-yield landrace which boasts the root system of a perennial. This wheat has quite literally added tons of root material and straw per acre, which has been beautifully building the soil organic matter up with each crop year.
Fox Cotton (Natural Coloured Cotton) had a smaller fibre which was not suitable for mechanical looms used today, so this kept it from entering the commercial market. In 1982, Sally Fox a graduate in Integrated Pest Management from the University of California with a master's degree started researching on coloured cotton and integrated her knowledge and experience in technology and introduced first long fibre of naturally coloured cotton. Sally Fox later started her company, Natural Cotton Colours, Inc. and got patents in different shades including green, Coyote brown, Buffalo brown, and Palo Verde green under FoxFiber.
Later on, the technology was further improved by a cotton breeder Raymond Bird in 1984. Bird began experimenting in Reedley, California, with red, green, and brown cotton to enhance the quality of fibre. Later on Raymond Bird along with his brother and C. Harvey Campbell Jr., a California agronomist and cotton breeder, and formed BC Cotton Inc. to work with naturally coloured cottons. Naturally coloured cotton usually come in four standard colours - green, brown, red (a reddish-brown) and mocha (similar to tan).
Sally Fox rediscovered and hand-bred a type of naturally coloured cotton (Fox fibre) in 1989 that could be dated initially back to approximately 5000 years ago. The naturally coloured cotton features the original colour of what has been altered to white. The naturally coloured cotton has the resilience of plants and the unique functions of cotton due to the density of air, UV reflection, and strength of yarns when spinning. It is excellent for vintage jeans as it gives them a better texture than regular cotton when used in the weft and the weft itself will age nicely.
The lumens of cotton fibres give the characteristics and the functions cotton a quick-drying nature because of the high density of air. It also excels in retaining heat and is capable of cut off UV up to 95%.
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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