We're excited to introduce the new Kakishibu series from Studio D'artisan made of garments dyed with traditional Japanese "Kakishibu" (Persimmon). The cotton yarns used in this fabric have been dyed with Kakishibu, an all-natural dye fermented from the juice of unripe persimmons in order to create the natural brown coloured dye. Given the labour intensive process of dyeing the yarns in a natural dye like Kakishibu, only a small production lot of these sweatshirts can be made.
Kakishibu is a traditional dyeing method often referred to as the sun-dye, using the discolouration caused by oxidation of the fermented juice of unripened persimmon fruit containing strong tannin. It also reacts to sunlight, so the colour changes slowly with time and sun exposure. This form of persimmon dyeing goes back 900 years; Japanese people enjoyed the changing colours and texture of the natural reactions after one week, one month, and one year later. However, because of fast-paced consumer society, Kakishibu traditions disappeared for many years.
The most remarkable attribute of this sweatshirt is that it will react to sunlight, so the colour changes slowly with time and sun exposure, which results in a unique patina over time.
The sweatshirt has been woven with a sinker machine in Wakayama, Japan and features ribbed cuffs, hem and collar, V-neck and double-needle construction.
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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