Working with India over this past year has opened up access into an extensive history of indigo dyed techniques. Our SS21Vacation Shirt features an incredible handloomed fabric that makes use of indigo yarns to form a beautiful pattern.
We start with natural, unbleached cotton fibers with visible seed specks and striation that serve as the base, followed by secondary fibers of an unevenly indigo dyed cotton. The inconsistent dye translates into an ombre appearance for each stripe on the shirt as the blue comes in and out. These uneven fibers are woven into the warp and weft, which creates a crosshatch effect.
The fact that this fabric is handloomed bears emphasis. This descriptor means, quite literally, that a single artisan powers and operates a wooden loom to weave the yardage. Inherent to this process is a bit of inconsistency in the weave which yields beautiful results that could never be fully replicated on a modern machine. Handloomed fabrics are deeply embedded into India's culture and economy and we plan to spend more time talking about it in the coming months as we explore what they have to offer more fully, but suffice it to say that this shirt fabric is incredibly breathable and textured - and most importantly to us, full of character.
The Indigo Crosshatch Vacation Shirt is now available in store and online.