The dyeing process harnesses heat and light energy from the sun to lighten fabrics, achieving a one-off, low-impact textile finish without additional processing.
Textile innovators are working to reduce reliance on raw materials and harmful industrial processing. It is encouraging to see mainstream brands experimenting with fabric treatments that work with – rather than harm – the natural world.
The Sun-Dyed in Texas collection, featuring headwear, socks, vests, jackets and trousers, is the second instalment of Dickies’ collaboration with New York Sunshine. In summer 2021, Dickies supplied the art collective with its signature blue twill cloth to wrap around two installations set in the landscape of Marfa, Texas. The project, constructed in June and dismantled in September, featured a billboard that read “Just Another Day in Paradise” and a silhouette-like house-shaped sculpture. After exposure to the elements and summer sun, the fabric was removed from the installation and repurposed for the new collaborative clothing collection.
Owing to the organic process of sun-dyeing, every garment is unique – a feature underlined by individually numbered labels illustrating each product’s rarity. The collection ranges from an accessible $20 to $420 for a jacket.
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