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Our watch cap will be your new cold weather wardrobe staple piece. Thin and lightweight, you will be surprised how insulating this hat is, it’ll provide the perfect layer of warmth in both fall and winter, even into spring. The styling is relaxed and loose to provide that perfect slouchy effect.
Each one is hand dyed using plants and flowers which are denoted in parenthesis. Beautiful fiber and beautiful light & color fast hues, compliments of nature.
We are exceptionally proud that all but one color (purple) was derived from plants and flowers grown on the homestead. Logwood is a bushy, thorny tree grown in Mexico, Central and South America and parts of Africa - we use a powdered logwood extract to obtain lavender and purple colors. We're also pretty pumped about the red/pinks as those were obtain from homestead grown madder root - which utilizes the root of the rubia tinctorum plant. It takes approximately 3 years of root growth to produce sufficient dye pigment - this was our first harvest of madder which we planted in the dye garden in 2015!
The story of this garment –
In the spring, before the hot Eastern Washington summer arrives, we have our annual harvest. Our annual shearing is a full day of work, where each member of our herd has their fleece safely shorn off. Because our alpaca enjoy rolling around in the pastures, each fleece is then carefully inspected and skirted to remove any debris or hay. After it is cleaned up and sorted, it takes a quick trip 90 mile trip to the Yakima Valley were an artisan fiber mill processes it into a very fine 2-ply yarn. After the fiber is spun into yarn, it takes another quick trip to the Tri-Cities where a small batch machine knitting operation creates each garment using a high speed seamless knitting machine. Each garment then returns to the farm to be hand dyed using plants and flowers, many of which were also grown on the homestead. Start to finish, each garment takes minimally a year and a half to come to fruition. Produced entirely within 100 miles of the homestead and naturally dyed, our garments have an eco-friendly footprint you can get behind. Each purchase supports American agriculture and manufacturing – wear it proudly!