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The Hill-Side + Buaisou Indigo Collaboration

Selvedge Chambray shirts, scarves and ties hand-dyed in Japan

by Josh Rubin
on 28 April 2016

Two of our favorite Brooklyn-based brands, The Hill-Side and Buaisou have joined forces to produce a limited edition run of selvedge chambray clothing and accessories—all of which has been hand-dyed in natural indigo using the traditional Japanese technique of shibori. The range of shirts, pocket squares, ties and scarves was produced in Tokushima, Japan by Buaisou's expert indigo farmer-dyers—and while there is a simplicity to the collection, it's also simply beautiful.

As for the technique itself, shibori is a very tactile resist-dyeing process. Dyers fold and twist and tie fabric around select items in order to achieve patterns when dipping. Of note, 100% natural plant indigo has been used—which was also grown, harvested and then processed by Buaisou's craftspeople using traditional methods. The result is a vibrant "Japan Blue" color as authentic as it is deep. The fabric itself, a 100% cotton Japanese chambray, is cut and sewn in NYC before being shipped off to Japan for dyeing.

Explore the complete The Hill-Side + Buaisou collection online.

Process images by Kyoko Nishimoto, product images courtesy of The Hill-Side

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