We are excited to announce our new ‘T-Shirt of the Month’ project, a new collaboration with our friends at dna merch, a social enterprise based in Berlin and ally of the transnational workers’ network, ExChains and the Humana Nova worker-owned textile co-operative.

What is the ‘T-Shirt of the Month’ project?

Our t-shirts of the month are literally shirts to make working class history. They do so in three ways:

  1. They help fund our work researching and promoting history from below across the various channels of Working Class History
  2. They help to sustain Humana Nova, a worker-owned textiles co-op in Croatia
  3. Through dna merch, part of the income generated will be used to support militant grassroots labour unions in South Asia.

How does it work?

The ‘T-Shirt of the Month’ project follows the idea of ‘prosumption’, a more sustainable and collective approach to production and consumption. dna merch creates exclusive shirt designs, inspired by events and stories from the Working Class History archive. Each shirt is strictly limited edition edition and made from 100 percent organic cotton: it will be available for pre-order for one month only and, afterwards, will be produced in the exact amount that were ordered that particular month! So, while you might have to wait a little longer to get your shirt, you’ll appreciate it for its quality and the people from the cooperative who made it possible!

January design

Our January design celebrates the life of revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg, who was murdered by right-wing paramilitaries in January 1919 in Germany. It features a quotation from an article she wrote just a few hours before her death, responding to claims by the governing social democrats that order had been restored in Berlin after a massacre of revolutionary workers: “‘Order prevails in Berlin!’ You foolish lackeys! Your ‘order’ is built on sand. Tomorrow the revolution will ‘rise up again, clashing its weapons,’ and to your horror it will proclaim with trumpets blazing:
I was, I am, I shall be!”
Artwork by Julian / Semi-Legal-Art

Our collaborators

“In our transnational garment workers’ network we constantly learn from each others’ experiences along the supply chain and build strategies based on the collective knowledge we create. It is so great to see that our long-term supporters dna merch have partnered up with Working Class History, a truly inspiring source for all of us at ExChains, especially in India!”

Dithhi Bhattacharya, New Delhi based coordinator for the ExChains network
Friends from the ExChains network with dna merch.
Workers at the Humana Nova co-op, Croatia.
Doreen and Anton from dna merch

Check out the links below to learn more about our collaborators:

Size guide

See detailed size guide in the relevant product description. See these images below for examples of different fits. Important: Pure cotton t-shirts may shrink up to 5% both in width and length. In order to make it easier for you to choose the right size, the below models are wearing t-shirts that have been washed once.

Size Charts & Care Instructions

Alessia is 1.72 m/5’8″ tall and wears a fitted S.

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Fatih is 1.72 m/5’8″ and wears a unisex S.

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Kai is 1.7 m/5’7″ and wears a unisex M.

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Marina is 1.62 m/5’4″ and wears a fitted XS.

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Regina is 1.64 m/5’5″ & wears a fitted 2XL.

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Tompa is 2.04 m/6’9″ & wears a unisex 3XL.

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Anne is 1.74 m/5’9″ and wears a unisex M.

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Jenia is 1.65 m/5’5″ and wears a fitted S.

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Marie is 1.86 m/6’1″ and wears a fitted M.

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Mia is 1.65 m/5’5″ and wears a fitted M.

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Renata is 1.52 m/5′ and wears a fitted S.

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Vale is 1.8 m/6’2″ and wears a unisex L.

Care instructions

Our t-shirts are made from 100 percent organic cotton and are printed with water-based colours. We want your dna merch t-shirt to last you and that it’s not ruined after one or two washes. For this reason we have put together a few tips on how to best wash and take care of your new t-shirt.

Size Charts & Care Instructions

Turn your t-shirts inside out before you wash
This protects the print and makes it last much longer.

Wash your t-shirts at max. 30° C or even better cold
There’s absolutely no reason to wash your t-shirt with hot water. Not unless you’re running a professional laundry in a hospital full of viruses and bacteria. Cold water will get your t-shirts clean just as much as hot water does. But it’s much gentler on the fabric and also saves a lot of energy.

Hang your t-shirts to dry
The worst enemy of printed garments is most likely high heat. If you want to use the dryer anyway please make sure you remove your t-shirts from the dryer before they are completely dry and hang them up or lay them out to finish drying.

Iron your t-shirts lukewarm
Too hot ironing also helps to ruin your new favourite t-shirt. And please: Never iron the printed area!

Never bleach or dry-clean your t-shirt
Just like not using hot water, so it goes with not using harsh cleaning products on your t-shirts. Instead, use a stain remover for spots.

Wash your t-shirts together with similar clothes
Last tip from the dna merch laundry department: Wash your t-shirts with clothes that not only have a similar colour but also a similar texture. For example, washing your t-shirt together with towels is nearly as pleasant for the t-shirt as rubbing a piece of sandpaper on your skin.

Previous designs

November 2021

Our design for this month, November, features legendary Spanish civil war fighter and revolutionary Buenaventura Durruti, who was killed in November 1936. It includes his quotation: “No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie [capitalist class] sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges.”

December 2021

The T-Shirt of the Month for December by multidisciplinary Afro-Indigenous Artivist Renata Doré was inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the women like Rosa Parks and Claudette Covin whose activism helped bring it about. The boycott led to the desegregation of public transport in Montgomery, Alabama. The design includes the starting and ending date of the boycott and aims to create visibility for Black women through images that value the collective memories of the Afro-diasporic population.
Renata Doré dialogues with the poetics of decolonization through visual and urban arts, cyberactivism, Black theatre and audiovisuals. She focuses on generating visibility for black women through images that value the collective memories of the Afro-diasporic population. She currently studies in Cuba, specialising in TV and New Media. Proceeds from this month’s design were also shared with Abahlali baseMjondolo, a shack-dwellers’ direct action movement in South Africa.

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