As seen in WWD.
Handwoven from Cashmere + churro wool + hemp
This handwoven blanket was made by Turquoise Indigo Fibers and the Diné weavers on the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico. It was made especially for the ANGEL CHANG S/S 2023 fashion show.
The blanket is made from churro wool, cashmere, and hemp grown and raised on the land. It is the first time an authentic Navajo blanket has ever been made using cashmere and hemp combination.
The handspun fibers are the natural color of the cashmere goat and churro sheep. The clay-colored fiber is dyed using the local red soil.
This authentic Navajo blanket that can be displayed as a museum piece or used for ceremonial purposes. It is available to pre-order with a 3-month delivery time.
Each purchase brings revenue back to the Navajo community and helps keep the traditional know-how alive.
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.