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Hitting a hue of indigo that is neither deep or light, but rich and royal in its color and aesthetic, the painstaking process of Hank dyeing the yarns in Tokushima Natural Indigo is the first step in a layered production process.
The sukumo is derived from Indigofera leaves grown in Tokushima. In order to produce a natural dye that is capable of penetrating the cotton yarns, all elements (including the soil, branches, and roots) of the Indigofera plant must be added and mixed in the indigo bath. In order to achieve the perfect hue for this latest development, both the warp and weft yarns are dyed approximately 12-16 times by the shokunin (Japanese for Artisan) in the dyeing factory. This intensive process only yields enough Natural Indigo yarns for a very small output of fabric.
The looms responsible for this fabric involve yet another labor-intensive setup, done entirely by hand before the weaving process can even begin. The vintage shuttle looms (some dating back to pre-WWII) are only capable of producing a very small meterage of fabric each day.
The resulting base fabric for these jackets by the Slub-Masters is amongst one of the unique we have seen. Coupled with the exceptionally comfortable Sashiko weave, the latest development by Pure Blue Japan combines extreme texture with wearability.
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*Model is pictured wearing a size 3. He weighs 59kg (130 pounds) and is 178cm (5’11”) tall.
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