A sneak peek into the production: L. P. Hansen textile dye works

L. P. Hansen textile dyeworks is Denmark’s only Nordic Swan Eco-labelled dye works. This is where nearly all of DILLING’s fabrics are treated and dyed. It plays a very special role in the production of our underwear because it is the area that we believe at DILLING, sets us apart from other underwear manufacturers as it is completely unique.

Treating and dyeing fabric is a long process consisting of several stages. At our dyeworks it all starts with Birthe, our master dyer. Before a new dye project starts, Birthe makes a ‘recipe’ for the processing of the material and which ingredients should go into it to achieve the desired fabric colour. Of course, Birthe ensures that all the ingredients are as environmentally and skin-friendly as possible.

 

 

A sneak peek into the production: L. P. Hansen textile dye works

 

With Birthe’s ‘recipe’ developed, the fabric is now ready to be treated and dyed, which is done in the same machine. If the fabric is wool, it firstly undergoes an enzyme treatment process to remove itchy hairs before being dyed. This entire process is supervised to ensure everything goes to plan.

 

A sneak peek into the production: L. P. Hansen textile dye works

 

Next the wool is centrifuged, and the cotton is pressed. The fabric goes through a machine where it is dried. This is especially important for wool, as the wool shrinks by 20-25% at this stage. This helps ensure the wool does not shrink more than 5% once it has been sewn and sent to the customer.

 

A sneak peek into the production: L. P. Hansen textile dye works

 

Then the material that will be stored on bolts is placed on a fabric rack and the fabric which will be made into products such as T-shirts, is placed in a different machine to be pressed into small rectangles.

The material is now ready to be sent to Lithuania, where it will be cut, sewn, packaged, and sent home to the warehouse in Herning.