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Anti T-shirt dark indigo

$470.00

The first thing I learned while living in the mountains is that stretch fabric does not exist in nature. Who knew? That's because spandex is a man-made material made from fossil fuels.

At the time, I was writing the script for my TED animation, "The Lifecycle of a T-shirt," and discovered how polluting it is to make the average t-shirt. It left me depressed for weeks and inspired me to make its complete opposite.

So how can one design a t-shirt style without stretch, but still feel casual and comfortable? Alas, the open-back solution! 

The fabric wraps around the shoulders, drapes dramatically in the back, and is held together by an adjustable neck tie. Perfect for a hot summer day when the warm breeze cools you from behind. 

The cropped boxy cut is best worn with high-waisted pants, tucked slightly in the front for an effortless look. 

Hand-embroidered contrast stitching sits atop hand-sewn french seams that follow the curves of the body. 

Dyed in natural indigo six times over two weeks to achieve a deep saturation. As an herbal medicine, indigo is a natural antiseptic and cooling on the skin. Farmers wear indigo-dyed clothing in the fields because it repels insects and mosquitos.

The original prototype was made for a Smithsonian exhibition, took two years to perfect. It was the first style we made entirely by hand.

Shown here with our Water Master pant.

Style 01101

Non-stretch fabric.

Fits true to size, take your normal size. For a looser fit, take the next size up.

Those with broad shoulders may take the next size up.

Model is 175 cm/5'9" and is wearing a size Small.

S = size 4 (US)

M = size 6 - 8 (US)

L = size 8 - 10 (US)

Ingredients:
100% native seed cotton

We use natural off-white cotton that is grown by the village artisans using organic farming practices.

Native cotton seed can actually grow during a drought. Not to be confused with the water-thirsty GMO cotton seed invented 30 years ago that now makes up 99.4% of cotton production globally.

TIME REQUIRED TO MAKE EACH  GARMENT:
Growing cotton:  4 months
Preparing cotton:  3 days
Hand-spinning:  5 days
Setting up loom:  1 weeks
Hand-weaving:  3 - 5 days
Finishing fabric:  3 days
Dyeing fabric:  2 - 14 days
Cutting fabric:  1 days
Sewing:  3 - 9 days
Washing:  2 days
TOTAL =  5 - 6 MONTHS

Seed-to-sewing in a 30-mile radius:
Hand-spun
Hand-woven
Hand-sewn
Hand-dyed
No chemicals
No fossil fuels
No electricity
No GMO 

Artisans paid a living wage

Each piece was beaten with a wooden mallet to make the fabric extra soft and drapey. It will continue to get softer with each wash. 

NATURAL WHITES:

Don't be afraid of wearing off-white. Since no chemicals were used, the fabric retains the natural oils of the cotton plant. Dirt and stains easily roll off when washed, just like a white poodle after a doggie bath.

1)  Hand-wash cold, line dry, or
2) Machine-wash in mesh bag, line dry

DYED COLORS:

Natural dyes will fade and become more beautiful over time. It is similar to how dark blue jeans will lighten with each washing. 

For a faded patina effect:
Hand-wash cold, line dry 

To keep the original color:
Dry-clean only 

IRONING:

Natural fibers will wrinkle. This shows that it is not blended with any synthetic fibers.

Our garments should be ironed using the highest setting (HOT) with steam.