Thursday, July 23, 2015

Vert-de-Gris Bérets de Printemps

Verdigris (Vert-de-Gris) is the common name for a green pigment obtained through the application of acetic acid to copper plates or the natural patina formed when copper, brass or bronze is weathered and exposed to air or seawater over a period of time.
The name verdigris comes from the Middle English vertegrez, from the Old French verte grez, an alteration of vert-de-Grèce ("green of Greece"). The modern French spelling of this word is vert-de-gris ("green of grey"). 
Since it was used as a pigment in paintings and other art objects (as green color), it was required by artists in Greece. It was originally made by hanging copper plates over hot vinegar in a sealed pot until a green crust formed on the copper. 
Another method of obtaining verdigris pigment, used in the Middle Ages, was to attach copper strips to a wooden block with acetic acid, then bury the sealed block in dung. A few weeks later the pot was dug up and the verdigris scraped off.
To come up with an alternative for our best-selling boina Tolosa Tupida in sun-washed cotton, Le Béret Français developed the Eco beret Printemps in Vert-de-Gris. These Eco-berets are made out of recycled materials: wool, synthetics, cotton and silk. Perfect summer and warm weather wear; super light and extremely soft to the touch (thanks to a high silk content). So light, you'd easily forget you're wearing a beret!

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