I've noticed some curiosity on our (but mainly other website forums) about CaptainKYSO's t shirt quality and sizes. Hence, we think that it would be necassary to subject you to a boring (for most) but necessary (for the discerning t shirt lover) explanation about our backend processes and answer some questions regarding the quality of our blanks and also about the sizing chart. Since the right forum to address these questions would be on our website and blog, here goes..
At CaptainKYSO from the begining we realized that if we wanted to offer international quality t shirts which would do justice to the beautiful designs that our artists were creating, we needed to take charge of the entire manufacturing process instead of outsourcing it to a company which made blanks. Running the website from India, which is a dominant player in the international t shirt manufacturing industry, it is also a competitive advantage which we plan to fully utilize.
As a result, we took upon ourselves to "backward integrate" the tee manufacturing process into our system. We have as our strategic partners, one of the leading cotton yarn manufacturing companies in India from whom we source the yarn. The yarn is 24's count cotton for Men and 30's count cotton for Women.
This is then knitted as per our specifications and finally dyed into 13 different colours that we are offering. During the dyeing process, we use Soft flow & Compaction as basic processes, and also carry out various additional processes such as Silicone Softening and Bio Wash. These are carried out to increase the softness and "hand feel" of the t shirts.
After this the stiching of the t shirts is carried out based on our specs and pattern. Since, we are located in India, our sizes are based on Asian body frames which tend to run a bit smaller than American and European body structures. In case you are used to American or European sizes, we would strongly recommend buying a size larger than what you normally buy. That should be enough to cover the difference.
However, we have realized that it would be better to have a less confusing (for a significant portion of our community) and more international sizing chart. So, we have already started the process of having a chart that is follows international specifications. We will inform you as soon as we shift to the new sizing chart.
Coming up in part deux is a much more boring blog entry about the t shirt printing process that we follow. Stay tuned.
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