- SDA Original Natural Indigo "Kasezome" Fabric
- Hank dyed Natural Indigo yarns
- 100% Cotton
- Classic shorts silhouette
- Black pocket bags
- Tagua Nut buttons
- UNIVERSAL® Gold Zipper fly
- SDA original Rayon tag on waistband
Kasezome is the art of skein dyeing, a hand dyeing method by wrapping undyed yarns into a loose coil and dipping them into a vat of Natural Indigo (in this instance). The yarns are dyed to the core while still retaining their original texture, a feat only possible when the yarns are meticulously dyed by hand. The yarns have been dyed at varying degrees of indigo hue intensity, made possible by the amount of times a set of yarns are dipped into the vat of Natural Indigo.
In the case of these Kasezome shorts by SDA, undyed yarns are paired with a range from light to dark indigo yarns and set on a dobby loom to create an incredibly intricate fabric that was historically found on Japanese Kimono's and other traditional garb. The Tate, or Warp, is a tediously "Kase" dyed yarn in Natural indigo. This is combined with an irregular weft to give the impression of rain falling through the fabric, a phenomenon the Japanese passionately have named, "Ame-kasuri", or Rain Skein Dyed.
Weaving a fabric of this calibre is only possible on a non-mechanized loom, with only a handful of smaller factories in the Okayama and Hiroshima regions still able to painstakingly weave this fabric using techniques dating back over a century to the early Showa era. Skilled artisans are responsible to not only dye the yarns to a variety of ideal hues of indigo by hand, but then have to ensure that the loom is rigged perfectly to weave this impressive textile. A marriage of Japanese tradition and American Workwear.
*Model is pictured wearing a size 30. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.