My Favorite Shirt gardenia
As seen in T Magazine.
Hands down, my favorite piece in the entire collection. I wear it everyday like a uniform -- on its own, over jeans, tights, or leggings. It all works!
Worn as an oversized dress for women, or as a long shirt for men, it looks great on all genders. The handwoven fabric makes it airy and breathable. It will keep you warm in the winter and breezy in the summer. The soft hand-spun fabric and cozy hand-sewn french seams will make you feel relaxed all day long.
Gardenia flower pods are foraged from the mountain forest in the summer to dye this vibrant sunshine hue.
The exposed fabric selvedge down the front placket and sleeve cuff reminds you it's the handwoven real deal. Fabric knot buttons and hand-embroidered button-holes are made with care. Side pockets are stitched down. Back welt pockets close with handmade frog-knot closures.
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.