AR no.135 | Sediment Stripe Coat

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AR no.135 | Sediment Stripe Coat

2,400.00

A striped ‘sediment’ coat built for ease, moving in, layering in…

Handwoven, hand stitched, one of a kind, signed and numbered. Each coat is a ‘remnant of an act’. To make this piece, I first begin with making the textile, which is the process of spinning the fiber, then to preparing it for my loom, weaving it from my London studio, line by line into a textile. After listening to the material and finding what it wants, I then carve it into a one-off coat.

The yarn for this piece is from an unusual matte silk, spun for me in the hills of Japan. The coat is woven in a dark sumi ink charcoal, with specially dyed silk for the stripes. The wide band of subtle ‘sediment’ stripes runs from front to back spine. I love working with this material as it has character, volume, and depth. It is like weaving with udon noodle-shaped thread — quite strong, flattened, and wide, giving a basket-weave appearance to the woven surface. Each flattened silk thread is actually comprised of about a dozen tiny silk threads. They are flattened and pressed together using a viscose coating that washes away once the woven textile is introduced to water. The textile will grow softer and softer over time, resembling linen perhaps more than silk to the touch and to the eye. The textile’s color is dyed using sumi ink, resulting in a charcoal-grey-blue, varying in shade depending on the light. When wearing it outside, darker bands of grey next to deeper bands of blue become apparent. Whilst weaving this material, I let the textile breathe and introduce itself to me as I work.

This piece features double selvedge edges, as a way to play with layering, doubling, revealing/concealing, which can be seen on the centre front, collar, and sleeves. I highlight the selvedge on a handwoven textile wherever possible on a piece, as this edge is evidence of the hand. It serves as a recording of pace, time, and even temperament during the time the textile was made. These selvedge details can also be found at the flap pockets on each side. The coat is unlined and therefore handwork can be seen on every seam, and I feel it keeps the coat cooler and provides a further sculptural feeling of weightlessness.

Dimensions & Additional Information:

Unisex Coat (although leaning on a size S for men)

Coat’s length, from top of shoulder to bottom hem: 115 CM / 45 IN

Coat’s Arm length, from back spine to wrist bone: 84 CM / 33 IN (sleeve looks nice rolled if long)

The body of this coat is wide, fitting most sizes and shapes in a relaxed, draped way, with volume to move and flow. The drop-shoulder sleeve is cut slightly narrow, to offset the width of the coat.

Two flap pockets; hand stitching throughout the coat. To clean, dry clean when needed or hand wash in luke warm water using delicate soap. Rinse and roll access water; lay flat to dry. This piece loves to be steamed or ironed, or you can leave it to naturally crinkle as you travel and wear.

Please feel free to write with any additional questions.

This piece is one of a kind, comes signed and wrapped in an archival box with special packaging. International tracked shipping included.

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