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SDA's "Kasezome" Sashiko has been one of our favorite fabrics to work with over the years, cementing its place as a mainstay in our ongoing collaboration projects with the Osaka OGs. Taking this fabric in its raw state, we kicked off our inaugural bomber jacket project, the Indigo "Kasezome" Selvedge Bomber Jacket back in Fall 2020. This year, it seemed the stars aligned with the latest iteration of the fabric that we thought up and helped SDA design, combining the skein dyed Indigo warp with a Kakishibu dyed weft. The concept of weaving Kakishibu into the weft yarn of SDA's proprietary fabric follows the Kakishibu journey we've been stoked to be on for the past few years, celebrating one of our favorite quintessentially Japanese hues. Seeing how beautifully the deep indigo color combined with the brown pop of the Kakishibu dye from within, the path was set for us to produce our third outerwear project with SDA. In tandem with our 10th anniversary, we once again set about honing in each detail to truly do this stellar fabric justice.
Kakishibu has a deep-rooted history in Japanese craft culture & tradition, dating back to the early 13th century when it was first introduced to Japan from China. Annually in late August, unripe persimmon is harvested as their tannin or juice is extracted. Used as a multi-solution tool, Kakishibu was used to cure hangovers, for wood lacquering and even as a clearing agent for sake, to name only a few of the varied applications of the historic dye.