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Kurta Shirt Dress dark indigo

Kurta Shirt Dress dark indigo

$1,250.00

This shirt dress was inspired by the traditional kurtas worn by men in India -- narrow through the chest and cut slimmer for the female silhouette. I wear it while riding tuk-tuks across Varanasi and Rishikesh.

The soft organic cotton fiber comes straight from the mountains -- pure, undyed, and unadulterated. It is the closest thing to being wrapped in nature all day long.

The soft hand-woven cloth is lightweight, airy and breathable. The hand-sewn French seams follow the curves of the body for a cozy feel.

Fabric knot buttons fit elegantly through hand-embroidered button-holes. The fabric selvedge runs down the front placket, to remind you it's the real handwoven stuff. 

Dyed in natural indigo six times over two weeks to achieve a deep saturation. As an herbal medicine, indigo is a natural antiseptic and cooling on the skin. Farmers wear indigo-dyed clothing in the fields because it repels insects and mosquitos.

Pair with sandals or white sneakers for hopping around the city.

Style 01241

Non-stretch fabric.

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)

Ingredients:
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
H
and-spinning:  5 days
S
etting up loom:  1 weeks
Ha
nd-weaving:  3 - 5 days
Fi
nishing fabric:  3 days
Dy
eing fabric:  2 - 14 days
Cu
tting fabric:  1 days
Se
wing:  3 - 9 days
Wa
shing:  2 days
TO
TAL =  5 - 6 MONTHS

Seed-to-sewing in a 30-mile radius:
Hand-spun
Hand-woven
Hand-sewn
H
and-dyed
No
 chemicals
No
 fossil fuels
No
 electricity
No
 GMO 

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. 

NATURAL WHITES:

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

DYED COLORS:

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:
Dry-clean only 

IRONING:

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.