WHO WILL WEAVE, WHO WILL LEAVE?
We want pants fabric! But the hemp weaving mill in Romania doesn’t have the capability to weave a dense pants fabric from our bast fibers. And the German weaving mills can’t figure it out either, not even on special weaving looms.
NO INDIGO FOR US
The attempt to dye hemp indigo fails – the yarn tears, The same thing happens to the linen, which is almost ten times as strong. It’s clear: indigo is out. From now on, spool dyeing is the answer.
HELLO BROKEN TWILL…
Excitement is in the air when the first fabric patterns arrive in October. We opt for a broken twill weave. And stick to it.
GOOD NEWS. AND BAD NEWS.
More mail, more broken twill: we choose the best two from the 11 fabric patterns in various colors and densities. But, at almost exactly the same time, we get a depressing piece of news: our weaving mill in Germany is facing financial difficulties and is backing out. Back to year 1?
20 METERS OF HOPE
We approach a dozen manufacturers with our fabric patterns. Almost all of them think our project is too complicated. Only two companies in Italy are left. One of them manages to produce 20 meters of fabric for us.
Every fabric has one-of-a-kind properties. As a result, we spend a lot of time getting acquainted with our broken twill in wash and wear tests and designing the initial prototypes for the pants.
READY FOR APPROVAL
And now the pace picks up: the fabric properties are enhanced, the pattern adapted to the overhauled design. First large order for the test in our F-actory.
The result of our test: very wearable! After a final design update, the broken twill is processed for the WORKPANT and WORKDRESS and supplied to selected F-Stores.