Tender has its roots in antique workwear and machinery, especially from the Great British Steam Age. On a steam train, the tender was the truck which carried the coal and water to power the locomotive and was coupled in between the engine and the carriages. They were built incredibly solidly, mostly from riveted cast iron, and had to hold enough fuel to take a train weighing many tons all over Britain.
As production numbers are very small (often only a handful of pieces in any one style), the techniques used are not scaled for mass manufacturing. This means that many garments are hand cut, and automatic jigs are not used. Rather, each garment or product is the result of the maker's skill and will be slightly different to the next one. While smooth assembly line production might give cleaner, more perfect results, the "perfection of imperfection" can only be achieved through people making each item one by one. .
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