Handwoven silk coat with fine stripes that merge into checks at the sleeves, marking the point where I left weaving stripes and began weaving checks. Subtle varations in the stripe widths can be seen (which occurs in the hand-winding process). This special silk was spun for me in Kyoto, Japan where the spinners left the silk in a more natural, uneven state. This makes the silk feel like plant fiber, similar to ramie or linen. I have blended a natural white silk with a golden brown silk that has been dyed using the astringent juice of persimmon fruit. This is a traditional Japanese dying method and it allows the silk to grow beautifully darker as it ages.
Once the thread is spun, it arrives on a cone, where I then wind and measure it into a long, braided warp for the loom. I then work with this material over two weeks, taking it from thread to cloth to garment in a ritual-like process. One of a kind, unisex, voluminous and oversized.
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