Out of curiosity have you experimented with dying with different materials? Seems to me that's where a good amount of the cost comes from. What's the advantage of using persimmon fruit and ash? Does it feel different? Does it hold better?
I honestly feel like I'm witnessing some streetwear history here, so pardon me if I'm asking a good amount of questions.
@hkeys on point, the guy at complex I'm talking said they are interested in doing an editorial piece so that's what I'm hoping for...
We've experimented with tons of different shit. Our first collection (Our first versions of the Monk Sack & M2) here:
We used a traditional 100% Korean cotton for the bags pictured above. For my latest collection, we used a Korean silk/cotton blend and the natural dyes were absorbed MUCH better. The Korean silk really received the dye well and the colors came out rich and strong.
Korean persimmon fruit is the base off the majority of the dyeing. It helps for the fabric to retain the color and also is essential in letting the color come out when its laid out on an open field to absorb natural sunlight and dry. The ash and charcoal are used to give it the dark color we wanted. We had to dye, dry, and re-dye, and re-dry every 3-4 days for about a month straight in order to achieve the dark color we wanted.
I'm releasing an organic dye trailer in the next few weeks on Vimeo. One of the fabrics we dyed was 100% pure Korean silk that was used for a scarf that came out orange from mixing red onion peels and natural rust.
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