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