Tender’s rib wool socks are knitted and hand linked in England natural unbleached woollen yarn, with nylon for durability, then dyed with natural dyes.
Traditional hosiery (like these socks) is knitted as a long continuous tube of many socks, which are then cut apart into individual socks. These are then linked, which means that the open sock has the two sides knitted together, leaving a flat, seamless, join at the toe. Linking requires the operator to loop every corresponding stitch of the top and bottom of the sock, by hand, onto a knitting machine. Tender’s socks are made with a loop-back, or terry, double knit sole. This makes them especially comfortable, and appropriate to wear with lighter shoes or heavy boots.
These are dyed with red ochre, a naturally occurring earth pigment with a rich history: Blombos cave in South Africa has designed drawn on it's walls in red ochre which date back around 7500 years. More recently in the 18 th century, English fishing boat had their sails barked with a mixture of tar, oak bark liquor, fat and red ochre in order to protect the fabric from sea water. This had the side effect of staining them a deep red-brown: The same color as this garment.
As with all natural colors, red ochre is less predictable than modern synthetic dyes and any colour transfer inconsistency, irregularity or fading is a desirable characteristic.
Please note that the colour in natural dyed socks may transfer for the first few wears- we recommend washing cool, with similar colours, and not wearing with light coloured shoes until the socks have been washed. - Tender Wool Rib Socks Red Ochre Dyed - One size fits most - 100% Wool - Red Ochre Dyed - Made in England