Water Master Pants dark indigo
Worn here with our Anti T-shirt.
A vibrant 70-year old man lives in a wooden house across the river from my workshop. He is a Water aster, a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine that uses water, fire, mantras and incantations to stop bleeding and heal bones in the body. For him, it is a science and there is nothing woo-woo about it.
Taught to the top 10% of martial arts students at Shaolin Temple, the home of kung fu, this secret branch of traditional Chinese medicine can also be passed down from father to son.
The handwoven fabric makes these wide culotte pants lightweight and airy. The wrap-around belt adjusts to any waist size. Hand-embroidered stitching sits atop cozy hand-sewn seams that follow the curves of the body.
Great for kung-fu kicks, sitting in lotus position, or just lounging around in the park.
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.
Order your normal size to wear high-waisted. Select one size up for a fuller skirt look.
Model wears a size M for a looser fit.
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.