This is, undoubtedly, one of the most memorable western shirts we have ever seen. It is unique because it features a very traditional (1300-year old) and natural method of mud dyeing from Amami Oshima, a collection of islands north of Okinawa, that gives unique brown earthy colour to textiles.
This traditional mud dyeing is called Dorozome, and it's so impressive thanks to the mud of Amami. It originates from ancient strata, and the particles are round and refined, so they can be dyed without damaging the cotton threads. The threads become soft and supple by repeatedly rubbing the mud. This mud-dyed shirt is less likely to wrinkle, not fall apart, and is resistant to fire and dirt. In addition, it has several other properties, such as resistance to static electricity.
It's impossible to reach this excellent colour with any other mud dye, and of course, neither with synthetic dyeing. Only a handful of artisans from Amami Oshima know the tedious dyeing process of Dorozome. Cotton threads are dipped in a Japanese hawthorn 'soup' 30 times before the colour is transformed in the mud to create brown tones. This cycle is repeated twice more, resulting in threads dipped 90 times in a Japanese hawthorn and three times in the mud.
This shirt features a distinctive design with western front and back yokes and snap buttons.
Under the slogan of "Reconstruction of great old things", Studio D'Artisan is one of the iconic brands of Japanese denim. Founded by Shigeharu Tagaki and reproducing classics of French and American workwear since 1979, Studio D'Artisan takes pride in having been one of the Osaka 5.
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