FILMELANGE "DYLAN" Crewneck Tee (Ryukyu Indigo Dye)

This is the ultimate cut and sew brand, launched in the spring of 2007.
The name FilMelange comes from the meaning of "mixed color (Melange) thread (Fil)".
It is a heathered yarn that has long been used for T-shirts and sweatshirts.
This is a carefully crafted product made by artisans worthy of being called Japanese masters, using carefully selected natural materials in the colors of "everyday life" that are unpretentious, look good on anyone, and are loved across the ages. The fabric is soft, light, and beautiful, woven from the colors.
FilMelange is thoroughly in-house developed, from the selection of the raw material "cotton" to "yarn", "fabric" and "sewing". In addition, we are committed to manufacturing in Japan and are also working on training future craftsmen in our own factory.
We would be delighted if you could get your hands on one of our products, which we have made with all our heart, and experience the joy of wearing it.

Ryukyu indigo, which has been cultivated in Okinawa since ancient times and used as a dye for indigo dyeing, is an essential dye for Okinawan dyeing and weaving. The cultivation method is harsh, and in order to grow high-quality indigo leaves, thorough cultivation management and techniques are required, as well as strong physical and mental strength to withstand the hard work in the indigo manufacturing process. In addition, many years of experience and hard work are required to determine the fermentation state and the amount of lime water to use in the manufacturing stage.
Each piece is dyed by hand using indigo dye created using traditional methods and washed carefully over and over again to create a unique texture and a different depth of expression for each piece that cannot be expressed with chemical dyes. Ryukyu indigo can be said to be a cultural color with a depth like the beautiful ocean of Okinawa. However, as time passed and cheap synthetic indigo became widespread, fewer people are engaged in the time-consuming work of dyeing indigo.

For more information about RYUKYU INDIGO, please see below.

"DYLAN" Crewneck Tee (Ryukyu Indigo Dye)
This special item is made using "GIZA cotton" jersey, a type of extra-long staple cotton, and features a new, original pattern created specifically for this project.
We enlisted the cooperation of the Ryukyu Indigo Research Institute to dye the indigo, and each piece was hand-dyed by a craftsman.
This item is a special order item available exclusively at two stores: the select shop "MAIDENS SHOP" in Harajuku and our store "SOUTH STORE."

Size (cm)
6 / Length 68 Shoulder width 61 Sleeve length 27 Width 57
Model is 180cm tall and wears size 6

Material: 100% cotton
Made in Japan

<Please be aware that the following are product characteristics before purchasing>
-As the items are hand dyed, there will be individual differences.
Please enjoy the uneven color transitions that are the result of natural dyeing. The unique unevenness is the greatest feature of the product and cannot be expressed with chemical dyes.
・Please note that indigo dyed products are naturally dyed, so there is a possibility that the color may transfer the first few times you wear it. To prevent this, we use color fixing agents, but please note that this is due to the nature of natural dyes.
-Since it is easily sunburned, please store it in a place away from direct sunlight.
・When the product arrives, the tannins specific to indigo dyeing may float to the surface, causing a smell and a yellow-brown color. In this case, please follow the steps below to care for the product before wearing it. The tannins will disappear, and the vivid color specific to natural indigo dyeing will become even more pronounced.
Daily care
- Wash gently with water, or if possible, by hand.
- Dry in the shade to prevent sunburn.
-Avoid dry cleaning.
・Please wash separately from other clothes for the first few times as color transfer may occur.
After that, wash it together with dark colored items or wash it separately.
・Please use a neutral detergent that does not contain bleach or fluorescent whitening agents. Alternatively, please use a special detergent that does not fade easily.

First time cleaning (how to remove bitterness)
*We recommend soaking it in hot water once every 1 to 3 months to remove the bitterness.
① Place the product in water at about 40°C for 20 to 30 minutes.
② If scum comes out, it will turn yellow-brown. If there is excess indigo left, it will turn blue.
③ Wash 2 to 3 times, changing the water as needed.
④Repeat steps 1 to 3 twice.
⑤ Thoroughly dehydrate and dry.
・Removing the bitterness is the process of removing impurities other than indigo contained in indigo.
It brings out the natural indigo color of the dye and helps reduce fading caused by ultraviolet rays.
- Blue dye may remain on the surface of bowls or sinks used for washing, but this can be removed by rubbing with a sponge or similar.

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