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In the ’70s, Moynaq was still a bustling fishing community with tens of thousands of residents, but a Soviet government program to grow cotton in the region would forever change Uzbekistan’s only port city. In the ’60s, diversion of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers sapped the endorheic Aral Sea of its inflows, causing the lake to begin drying up. The lake began to shrink, and so did the economy of Moynaq. The receding waters coupled with polluted agricultural runoff from the cotton fields turned what was left of the Aral Sea toxic, and by the year 2000, all that was left was a couple of separate lakes separated from the former port city by a newly formed Aralkum Desert. Today, the former seaport is a 150 km from the water and has become a disaster tourism destination, as Moynaq’s fishing fleet sit high and dry in the sand. On the upside, efforts by Kazakhstan to save and replenish the North Aral Sea through construction of the Dike Kokaral dam were completed in 2005. By 2008, the water level had risen 12 m (39 ft) above that of 2003, to 42 m (138 ft). As of 2013, salinity dropped, and fish were again present in sufficient numbers for some fishing to be viable, so things are heading in the right direction.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
All sizes are provided in inches!
*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.