Our designers are obsessed with using all-natural dyes, a coloring process that requires hands-on artisanal care and small-batch production. This color was created using lac, a dyestuff that produces hues ranging from old rose to bright scarlet (it comes from the Laccifer lacca, an insect found throughout Southeast Asia and China). Used since ancient times to color everything from cosmetics to fabrics, its deep crimson color was especially prized among Persian carpet weavers. Continuing a commitment to working with nature, this tee is made with organic fair-trade cotton supplied by Green Tee Inc., a company whose cotton is grown using environmentally sound farming techniques that actually improve the quality of the soil. Due to the character of natural dye, the color may run or rub off when exposed to light fabrics and upholstery and, with wash and wear, will fade to its own unique hue.