Hand Dying with Charcoal Dye

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For our Double Welt Cross-Grain Hoodies we used a 13 oz hemp and organic cotton blend fabric, which was cut and sewn here in Los Angeles then dyed with soot made from the charcoal of Japanese pine trees also known as sumi or susuzome ink courtesy of Loop of the Loom. 

The Hoodies have already been cut and sewn before dying, in the industry we call this "piece dying". 


Soaking the fabric in a dye fixer is the first step in this hand dying process. 

Next we added the ink into the pot with the fabric and kneaded it by hand. One of the benefits of using this type of natural mordant-less dye is that it low impact to the environment.

Sumi ink

We used natural dyes because they are eco-friendly and produce deep and rich color that adds character to each garment. 

Hand Dying with Charcoal Ink

We chose to wear gloves during this process to ensure that oils from the hands do not disrupt the spread of the natural dye. 

Next, we hung the pieces to let the dye set and dry. 

Hang Dry Hoodies

Finally the hoodies are machine washed and dried to keep the color fixed in place.


Due to our dying process, each one of our Grey Cross-Grain Hoodie is uniquely its own, with its own blemishes, unevenness, and discrepancies. We believe that these individual quarks tell an unfinished story that you and only you can carry on and help bring to life.