Velva Sheen, the US sportswear company known for classic athletic apparel, has delivered their Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Included are Teeeeeees!!! 13 to be exact! While known for their tubular knit tees (seam-free torso), their pigment dyed tees are also very popular. We have them in 11 different colours!!
These vintage inspired pigment dyed tees stay true to the brands characterisics as they are cut from an overdyed US cotton and are detailed with a patch pocket to the chest and a classic ribbed crew neckline. The seamless tubular knit construction also adds comfort and longevity. What you may notice is that each of the pigment dyed tees have a worn-in, vintage vibe to them. That's as a result of the pigment dying process (not to be confused with garment dying). What is pigment dying you ask?
Pigment dying is not really "dyeing" in it's truest form because the pigments stick on the fabric with the help of binders...think of it as more of an overlay process with regards to color saturation. Pigments are insoluble in water. They exist in the form of finely ground molecules, milled for garment dyeing purposes into a paste. When anionic dispersing agents are added, a slightly negative charge is present, thus the foundation for pigment dyeing is born.
You may not have heard of pigment dying before buy you probably have heard of garment dying. Garment dyeing is achieved by adding the dye to the clothing after the product has been cut and sewn. What's the difference? Pigment dyed fabrics look about 8-10% less colorful than a traditional dyeing process. It’s a weathered, softer shade of the same color. If you were to cut the cotton fiber of this fabric in half, the inside would still appear white, since pigment dyeing only adheres to the surface. Each process has their unique characteristics, but they deliver an equally beautiful product.