Lab Coat Dress
When I designed this Lab Coat for the sewers in my workshop, I envisioned the white coats worn by the "petits-mains" in the ateliers of the French haute couture tradition.
While we make our garments entirely by hand, we also experiment like scientists -- boiling our fabric like a stew to soften it, and dipping our finger into the indigo dye vat to taste its pH. For this reason, a lab coat style seemed fitting.
The handwoven fabric is lightweight, airy and refreshing to wear on its own. The high side slits let you walk gracefully as the warm breeze flows through.
This is the natural cotton color: raw, pure and unadulterated. Fluffy white fiber plucked directly from the cotton shrub, it's the closest you'll get to wearing a plant straight from the earth.
Cozy French seams follow the curves of your body. Roomy patch pockets have cording detail. Fabric knot buttons fit elegantly through hand-embroidered button-holes.
The exposed fabric selvedge running down the front placket and sleeve cuff reminds you it's the real handwoven stuff.
Pair with sandals for an effortless beach look, or with white sneakers for hopping around the city.
Fits true to size, take your normal size. For a looser fit, take the next size up.
Those with broad shoulders may take the next size up.
Model is 175 cm/5'9" and is wearing a size Small.
S = size 4 (US)
M = size 6 - 8 (US)
L = size 8 - 10 (US)
100% native seed cotton
We use natural off-white cotton that is grown by the village artisans using organic farming practices.
Native cotton seed can actually grow during a drought. Not to be confused with the water-thirsty GMO cotton seed invented 30 years ago that now makes up 99.4% of cotton production globally.
TIME REQUIRED TO MAKE EACH GARMENT:
Growing cotton: 4 months
Preparing cotton: 3 days
Hand-spinning: 5 days
Setting up loom: 1 weeks
Hand-weaving: 3 - 5 days
Finishing fabric: 3 days
Dyeing fabric: 2 - 14 days
Cutting fabric: 1 days
Sewing: 3 - 9 days
Washing: 2 days
TOTAL = 5 - 6 MONTHS
Seed-to-sewing in a 30-mile radius:
No fossil fuels
Artisans paid a living wage
Each piece was beaten with a wooden mallet to make the fabric extra soft and drapey. It will continue to get softer with each wash.
Don't be afraid of wearing off-white. Since no chemicals were used, the fabric retains the natural oils of the cotton plant. Dirt and stains easily roll off when washed, just like a white poodle after a doggie bath.
1) Hand-wash cold, line dry, or
2) Machine-wash in mesh bag, line dry
Natural dyes will fade and become more beautiful over time. It is similar to how dark blue jeans will lighten with each washing.
For a faded patina effect:
Hand-wash cold, line dry
To keep the original color:
Natural fibers will wrinkle. This shows that it is not blended with any synthetic fibers.
Our garments should be ironed using the highest setting (HOT) with steam.