Mineral Sweatshirt

Garment dyed with ochre, the world’s oldest pigment.

CHF 345.00

Model is 5ft 11 / 180cm with a 38 inch / 97cm chest, and wears size Medium.

  • Garment dyed with 100% ochre mineral powder
  • Built with 55% organic hemp
  • Hemp combined with organic cotton for softness

As we continue to look for new, low impact ways to dye clothing, we’ve turned to the colouring tools of early man – minerals, rocks, and soils. Minerals don’t just tell the story of life on Earth, they also tell the story of colour. When our solar system settled into its current shape around 4.5 billion years ago, Earth was created by a series of galactic collisions. Tectonic plates began to form. And geological life and biological life fused together to create vast mineral deposits in the Earth’s upper crust. So when prehistoric man first picked up a prehistoric paintbrush, they turned to the ground around them. Today, instead of using those minerals to paint cave walls, we’re using them to dye clothing. Our Mineral Sweatshirt is garment dyed in a giant bath of ochre. There are only 2 by-products of this process – sediment, and water. Both of which can go straight back into nature.

Technical Details

Material made in Portugal: 55% organic hemp, 45% organic cotton
Dyed with 100% ochre mineral powder
Soft and breathable
Natural stretch
Material weighs 440g/m2
Sweatshirt weighs 680 grams
Machine wash 30°C
Constructed in Portugal
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Made with a mineral called ochre

Ochre is a type of iron oxide known as an earth-based pigment. A mixture of ferric oxide, sand and clay, it’s formed in a surface, or near-the-surface environments where oxygen is present. Examples include boulders weathering on a hillside, sediments in lakes and rocks in contact with water heated by magma. The intensity of ochre’s colour is dictated by the amount of oxyhydroxide it contains which is a compound of iron, oxygen hydrogen.

Minerals create a different kind of colour

Nearly all the colour you see in clothing today will have been created with petroleum-based dyes. But colour in clothing existed long before the chemical dyeing industry was invented. So we’ve gone back to the colour palette of early man. Because each sweatshirt is made using minerals made by nature, you might find small differences in colour across it. And because it’s garment dyed, every sweatshirt has a pre-worn look.

Size + Fit

The Mineral Sweatshirt is designed with a regular fit.

Fits chest 83 - 90 91 - 98 99 - 106 107 - 114 115 - 122 123 - 130
Fits waist 71 - 76 76 - 81 81 - 86 86 - 91 91 - 96 96 - 101
Fits chest 33 - 36 36 - 39 39 - 42 42 - 45 45 - 48 48 - 51
Fits waist 28 - 30 30 - 32 32 - 34 34 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40