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Our second collaboration with Osaka hatters, The Factory Made, was our chance to fully celebrate Tokushima’s rich heritage of all things indigo. The region has been renowned as the hotbed for Natural Indigo development and production since the 1700s, with the craft being recognized by the government of Japan as an intangible national treasure. Rising to the challenge, our aim from the get-go was to put on a pedestal one of our favorite denim fabrics of years past. The Natural Indigo x Sumi Denim fabric was sourced directly from Rampuya, the fabled dyeing factory responsible for creating some of the most revered Natural Indigo fabrics including PBJ's Aizome series. Rewinding the clock back to 2018, this exact fabric made the cut for a very small production lot of Jeans and Jackets. With just enough fabric to produce 30 hats, we jumped on the opportunity to breathe new life into this Denim. Now is your chance to own Natural Indigo, as a composition that will likely never be produced again.
In the case of the Tokushima shokunin (artisans) that created the yarns used to produce this denim, the soot the comes off burnt pine tree bark is combined with a natural adhesive to create a natural Sumi sukumo which is then created into a dark dye.
The signature OD Red and White stitched eyelets add a nice element of color pop to offset the tonal color stitching. Not only representative of the OD logo, the red and white pay homage to the colors of the Japanese flag. One subtle yet welcome touch we could not leave out was the 日本謹製 (Humbly Made in Japan) rayon tag featured on the left panel of the hat.
Inner Brim Sizing: 58.5cm (23")