Tender’s rib mohair socks are knitted and hand linked in England from natural unbleached mohair yarn, with nylon for durability, then hand-dyed with natural dyes.
Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine.
Tender’s socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or heavy boots.
These Tender socks have been viridian dyed. Viridian is a green pigment derived from a stable oxide of Chromium, patented by Guignet of Paris in 1859. Because of its improved permanence and even colour it was a preferred pigment of artists includingVan Gogh, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky, whose Green (1931) was painted almost entirely in viridian.
The use of viridian paint in hospitals was inspired by the work of Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten. Viridian was found to be the complementary colour to red blood, and it was thought that if operating theatres were painted green,surgeons' eyes would take less time to adjust from the afterimage of the surgery, thus possibly reducing accidents.The research was misconstrued by hospital managers, and the paint was used much more widely, across whole institutions, and viridian paint came to be know as 'Institutional Green'.
Please note that the colour in natural dyed socks may transfer for the first few wears. We recommend washing cool, with similar colours, and not wearing with light coloured shoes until the socks have been washed.
- Knitted from unbleached mohair yarn, with nylon for durability,
- Heavy weight construction with full terry looped sole, suitable to wear with shoes or boots
- Dyed with viridian pigment
- Circular knitted on mechanical machines
- Hand linked toe
- Fully shaped heel
- Made in England
- One size
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