What’s Old is New Again: Making T-Shirts with a Loopwheel

What’s Old is New Again: Making T-Shirts with a Loopwheel
Orli Sharaby
  • 16 april 2008

Kudos to Adrian, who points us in the direction of Loopwheeler, a delightful little shop in Harajuku that’s making t-shirts the old fashioned way. Way back in the 30s and 40s, a device called a loopwheel was apparently used to create cotton shirts. The process was painstaking and laborious, but the finished product was extremely high quality. Loopwheeler has recovered a whole bunch of loopwheel machines and has now bringing back the antiquated process. They produce t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other simple fare, all of it apparently the softest cotton around.

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