Behind the playful branding that has featured pigs pulling apart jeans, driving sports cars, and defeating Godzilla, Studio D’artisan is a Japanese powerhouse capable of producing garments that really live up to the brand’s name. Garments, for instance, like the Kasezome Natural Indigo Sashiko Work Shirt.
A true embodiment of Japanese craftsmanship, this work shirt marries a plethora of indigo tones through the traditional techniques of sashiko-style stitching and kasezome dyeing. Kasezome, or skein dyeing, is a painstakingly slow and meticulous process in which cotton yarns are wrapped into a loose coil called a kase (or skein) and repeatedly hand-dipped into a container of indigo dye. In this case, these kasezome dyed yarns have been intricately woven on a dobby loom with an assortment of contrasting indigo, blue, and white yarns, achieving a truly unique fabric that evokes images of rainfall.
To allow this impressive fabric to star in this show, Studio D’artisan has sewn it up into a simple work shirt, using an American workwear-inspired formula that consists of a curved hem, front button placket with tagua nut buttons, dual chest pockets, and side gussets finished with chain stitch runoff.
Available from Okayama Denim for $270.