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Original Button-Down clay

Original Button-Down clay


As seen in VogueVogue Businessand Whitewall.

Worn here with our Water-Master Pants.

Also looks great with our Biasha Palazzo Pants.

This button-down shirt was the challenge that started the collection. Would it be possible to turn to make a shirt entirely from scratch? 

What did people do before the invention of the button-hole machine? Before plastic and metal buttons? How would we make these in a forest where neither existed? 

Credit goes to the artisans for pulling off their embroidery skills and hand-stitching buttonholes that look like they came from a Saville Row suit. Traditional hand-knot buttons made from fabric cording fit perfectly through the button-holes. 

A relaxed fit with dropped shoulders, the wide shirt is cropped for high-waisted pants, and looks great half-tucked in the front for that effortless "Je ne sais quoi" look. Cozy hand-sewn french seams follow the curves of the body.

The fabric selvedge runs down the front of the button placket to remind you that it's the real handwoven stuff.

The warm color was dyed using the the fiery red soil of the earth, so you feel grounded all day long. Cate Blanchett calls her shirt, "the color of peace."

The original prototype was made for a Smithsonian exhibition and took two years to perfect.

Style 01201


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)

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.

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

Seed-to-sewing in a 30-mile radius:
No chemicals
No fossil fuels
No electricity

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:
Dry-clean only 


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.