Feb 15, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Founded on the affection for traditional craftsmanship and the love of natural indigo, Amsterdam-based label Indigo People present their S/S 15 collection True Nature.
Last month at Bread & Butter’s “Back to The Street” show in Berlin, we were able to catch up with the good folks at Indigo People. Only in its second season, the Dutch brand has been making waves in the denim market with their natural indigo dyed scarves. As passionate indigo lovers themselves, the team has searched far and wide to discover different artisan communities across South East Asia (Laos and Thailand) and Ghana, each with it’s own specialization in weaving technique such as ‘ikat’, ‘open weave’ and ’4-grill’. The scarves are also produced from natural, unbleached cottons, which are spun manually, creating a nubby textures and give the product a natural and rugged look. And just like your favourite raw denims these scarves get better with age, becoming softer and developing beautiful fades.
For S/S 15, Indigo People looked to ‘kasuri’, a traditional Japanese textile recognized for its resist-dyed processes and characteristically blurry patterns. Their Nagano Scarf is a perfect example of the kasuri influence. The wave pattern is tied on the weft yarns before the main indigo dying process. This tying of yarns is the resist-dying process and is what gives the pattern its blurriness. It’s then quickly dipped in indigo to give it a lighter indigo shade before being placed in the loom to create the actual wave pattern.
The Nagano Scarf is just one of 8 that they’ll be releasing. Other notable pieces include the Osaka, an open texture basket weave, the Chita which is tinted from two different indigo shades and the Abira created from an ikat weaving technique. Check out some of the looks below and visit their site to read more.
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