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Do Thanh Hai was a four year old boy in 1954 when Vietnamese troops led by Ho Chi Minh and Vo Hguyen Giap surrounded and defeated French forces in the battle of Dien Bien Phu, bringing the war of independence against the French and the colony, French Indochina, to an end. The French colony had been formed in 1887 and had encompassed the area now comprising Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In his 60 years Do Thanh Hai has witnessed the following events which form the background to his life and art: From 1950 to 1954, the final years of the war of independence against the French. In 1954, the establishment of the Soviet and Chinese backed Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) – North Vietnam – under Ho Chi Minh. In 1955-56 the communist land reform program in the DRV during which peasants and townspeople were categorised by class background and land was expropriated and redistributed, to be collectivised later on the Soviet model. In 1956 the repudiation of the terms of the Geneva Agreement providing for elections to unify northern and southern Vietnam by the American backed regime in southern Vietnam headed by Ngo Dinh Diem, and the establishment of the separate state of South Vietnam under Diem. The 15 year war to unify North and South Vietnam which began in earnest in 1960 when the DRV’s Vietnam Workers’ Party committed itself to the unification of North and South Vietnam and began construction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail for the infiltration of units of the Northern Peoples’ Army from the north to the south. The failure of successive corrupt American backed regimes in South Vietnam, beginning with the assassination of Diem in 1963. The escalation of American intervention in the war including extensive bombing in the north and the south and the introduction of American troops, which increased to over half a million from 1965 to 1968. The withdrawal of the United States from the war in 1973 and the military conquest of South Vietnam by the DRV in 1975 leading to unification and the establishment of the present day Vietnam, governed by the Communist Party of Vietnam. The establishment of communist regimes in Laos and Cambodia and the invasion of Cambodia by Vietnam in 1978, bringing the widespread genocide of the communist Pol Pot regime to an end. The invasion of Vietnam by China in 1979. The dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1989 and the introduction of market reforms in Vietnam, with a growing mid-level private sector which continues to develop to the present day.
These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.
The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.
The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.
These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.
These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.
The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.
The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.