Studio D'Artisan

Studio D'Artisan "Awa-Ai" Natural Indigo Reverse Weave Sweatshirt


  • Original SDA Heavyweight Reverse Weave Sweat Fabric
  • 100% Cotton
  • One Wash
  • Garment-dyed in Natural Indigo
  • Slim fit silhouette
  • Ribbed cuffs, gussets and hem
  • Double-needle construction

First introduced to Japan from China around 900 A.D., the art of Natural Indigo dyeing in Tokushima was popularized by Lord Hachisuka of Awa City in Tokushima, Japan. Lord Hachisuka discovered that the climate in the area around Yoshino River Basin was ideal for Indigo cultivation, a revolutionary moment for Japanese Natural Indigo.

Using a process of fermentation of the Indigofera leaves to develop the paste, or Sukumo, the process of Tokushima Aizome dyeing is unique to the prefecture. Given that the plant-based derived dye is completely naturally occurring, the garments serve as a natural insect repellent due to the scent of Natural Indigo. 

Recognized as intangible cultural treasures of Japan, the Shokunin (artisans) responsible for dyeing these garments will dye each garment piece by piece by hand. In order to achieve the light hues featured, each garment goes through roughly 5 dye cycles.

*Model is pictured wearing a size L. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.

**Given the hand-dyed nature of these garments, every piece will feature a slight variance in color.

Size - CM

Chest Shoulder Centre Back Sleeve
S 97 43 61 64
M 104 45 62.5 67
L 112 47 64.5 71
XL 117 50 66 73
XXL 128 54 67 75
Size - Inches Chest Shoulder Centre Back
S 38.2 16.9 24.0 25.2
M 40.9 17.7 24.6 26.4
L 44.1 18.5 25.4 28.0
XL 46.1 19.7 26.0 28.7
XXL 50.4 21.3 26.4 29.5
Made in Wakayama, Japan