Stripes are timeless, mainstay pieces in the Jungmaven line– and we have always chosen to yarn-dye. Why? First, it’s important to understand the process of yarn-dying compared to less time-intensive and more generic ways to create stripes on fabric.
The Yarn-Dying Process
Yarn-dying is a process that begins before the fabric is even created, by dying the yarn itself and then weaving it into fabric. This is drastically different than either traditional piece dying (adding color to the whole length of fabric) or screen printing (printing stripe patterns directly onto the fabric).
The Benefits of Yarn-dying
By dying the yarn first, the resulting pattern on the fabric after weaving will last much longer than stripes created using other processes. Additionally, because the pattern is woven directly into the fabric– it will appear the same on front and back. It’s easy to tell when stripes are simply screen-printed onto fabric, because patterning on the underside of the fabric is only a bleed-through from the front. Yarn-dyed stripes are super durable and maintain their integrity much longer than other stripes, with color remaining consistent throughout years of washing and wearing.
At Jungmaven, we build high quality hemp clothes designed to last– which keeps textiles out of the waste stream. Even though yarn-dying is much more time-intensive and expensive than the alternatives, its a worthwhile investment as a practice that prolongs the lifespan of a garment for happy people and a happy planet.