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The banana fiber used in this cotton blend is sourced from Thailand, where the banana stalks are often simply incinerated once cut from the tree. Banana fiber has excellent water absorption and hygroscopicity because the fiber swells and forms cavities when it is saturated. It was also found that the fiber length is about 1.5 to 2 times longer than that of cotton and highly durable.
However, when weaving denim or machinery, the yarn needs to have a certain degree of elongation which is not a property of the banana fiber itself.
In order to produce the chambray fabric, the fiber is blended with Cote d'Ivoire cotton, which harmonizes well with the simple texture. Additionally, using this particular pesticide free, hand-picked fabric gives a positive boost to the dying cotton industry of Cote D'Ivoire, and the JB team have gone to lengths to create a system where a portion of the profits from this model are appropriated to the development fund of Cote D'Ivoire.
Last but not least, restock of JB's Indigo Knit Cap is here to keep you cozy. Rope dyed yarns guarantee that this one is made to fade.
Japan Blue's first Spring/Summer drop goes live on 3/6 @ Midnight (JST)