Ragnarøk will start out by selling t-shirts, and build the company out from there. Since the summer months, we are evaluating material properties of Lyocell through prototype testing.
Lyocell is a soft, organic fabric entirely made from natural fibres. It is produced from wood cellulose, typically from eucalyptus, birch or oak trees, which is turned into a pulp. From that pulp, threads can be extracted that are then used to produce the fabric.
(Picture: Samuel Wagner)
Lyocell is often mistaken for Viscose, which also is based on natural materials, like bamboo or trees. Contrary to Lyocell however, the chemicals used to generate Viscose threads from cellulose are harmful and can not be recovered, meaning the impact on the environment is considerably higher.
Compared to other natural fibres, the qualities of Lyocell are astonishing: it can take up 50% more water than cotton, it’s breathable, doesn’t pick up odors easily and is resistant to bacteria!
Be sure to keep an eye on our progress blogposts and on our social media channels for updates on the shirts!
As Ragnarøk Clothing, we want to do things differently and there is no exception to this when it comes to the prints on our shirts. This is why we are researching new methods of printing on t-shirts that will lower the impact on the environment during production and wear and also increase the longevity of our prints.
Together with our partner Edwin from Lion Lasers B.V., we are exploring the potential of laser engraving or laser printing on dyed fabrics. This technique makes the print visible by evaporating the dye where the print should be visible, effectively taking away colour instead of adding another component to the fabric.
Since May 2020, we have been able to test two batches of samples together with Edwin. During these tests, we used a variety of fabrics, colours and dyes and made sure to test every fabric sample with the same levels of laser intensity and machine settings.
So far, we are not sufficiently satisfied with the outcome and are therefore currently preparing a third round of more extensive testing, scheduled to take place during the second half of 2021.