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About 150 years ago, Japan's voluntary isolation from the rest of the world ("sakoku" in Japanese) ended and diplomatic relations with other countries resumed. The label design on tea boxes used for exporting Japanese tea at that time was called "Ranji," which was drawn by ukiyoe craftsmen and was a mix of traditional Japanese ukiyoe and English script. This design style is said to be the forerunner of Japanese graphic design, and is still passed down today.
National seclusion: Fear of the decline of Shintoism and Buddhism, which had long been worshipped by the Japanese people, led to the closing of the country and the refusal to engage in foreign trade for over 250 years (1603 - 1868).

Inlay Loopwheele T-Shirt

 This is inlay-knitted shirt is made from aged cotton on a loopwheel machine. Cotton is usually transported in compressed bails, but by slowly maturing it in a temperature and humidity-controlled room for 30 to 50 days, we were able to restore the compressed cotton to its original plump and fluffy glory. It is with this aged cotton that we spin up our threads and have them knitted on a vintage machine in Wakayama. 


Under normal conditions, these old loopwheel machines can only produce about 1 meter of fabric per hour. In our case however, because we are using high-gauge thread for difficult inlay knitting, only about 48cm of fabric per hour is possible. It may sound inefficient and time consuming, but the result is a small quantity of soft material that is almost moist to the touch and, while being quite thick, stretches less than standard hanging knitted fabric. We’ve also taken the silhouette into consideration, and even though this is knitted on a loopwheel machine, it features split sides. 

Tetsukon: This was one of the most common and in-demand colors during the Edo period. Originally, navy blue was a color that could be created by repeatedly dyeing with indigo, while a more greenish navy blue with a purplish tint was differentiated by adding the word "testsu" (iron) to it. 
Aokuchiha: This is Japanese color name represents trees turning red and decaying in autumn. It has a long history and has been widely used as a color for clothing for over 1,000 years. Although natural dyes of this color aren't found these days (cheap and convenient chemical dyes are now widely used) our ancestors used to mix indigo with a dye from the "kihada" tree to make this beautiful color. 



Length Shoulder Chest Sleeve
S 59.5 41 45 17
M 62 43 47 17.5
L 64.5 45 50 19.5
XL 67.5 47 53 20.5
XXL 69 49 56 21.5

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