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MONO MONTHLY with mono-ai

 

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14 - 28 September

September MONO MONTHLY features mono-ai, and their upcycled handcrafted indigo dyed Hanten jacket.

Mono-ai's indigo dyed jackets are sustainable and unique, as they upcycle leftover indigo dyed fabrics into one-of-a-kind indigo (aizome) hanten jacket.

All making processes from dyeing and printing the textile and turning them into a jacket is done by hand. All of this takes time and effort, but is made possible by the highly skilled mono-ai’s craftsmen.

The assembled pieces of fabric form a beautiful unisex workwear jacket with striking patterns.

(NOTE) There is only one item for each indigo jacket, so don’t miss this great opportunity to get your own original indigo dyed hanten jacket!

about the maker: mono-ai | Aizawa Dyeing Factory

Indigo dyed textile products
Yashio city, SAITAMA

Founded in 1906, the Aizawa Dyeing Factory mainly produces indigo-dyed hanten (half length jacket). Hanten is a traditional workwear worn by Japanese craftsmen, or for occasions such as festivals, gardening, carpentry and at inns.

Indigo-dyed hanten at Aizawa Dyeing Factory is made with traditional techniques such as traditional font creation and both stencil and indigo dyeing.
The fabric dyed with these techniques is characterized by a tasteful, worn-in feel such as ‘Boro’ over time. 

the product of mono-ai : ‘Aizome Hanten Jacket’

Contemporary Take on the Traditonal Indigo Dyed Hanten Jacket
The ‘Indigo Dyed Hanten Jacket’ is a contemporary take on the traditional hanten based on the shape of the tekou (back-of-the-hand) hanten worn by Japanese craftsmen. 

Upcycling Unused Indigo Dyed Cotton Fabrics
In the process of making the indigo dyed hanten sometimes the color is different from the one ordered. Rather than discarding their unsold leftover cloth these hanten coats are given new patterns. The final product is hand-tailored and washed with the same attention to detail as a more valuable indigo-dyed hanten jackets.

Sustainable Craftsmanship
The fabric is dyed with traditional indigo-dyeing and stencil-dyeing techniques, which are under-dyed with ‘go-ire’. Go-ire features a traditional dyeing process in which soybean extract is pressed and mixed with grey before the fabric is again dyed with a brush. Natural materials are used in the processes.

Traditional Japanese Typeface with Bold Designs
You may notice the vigorous ‘Edomoji’ written with a thick brush in the traditional typeface handed down from the Edo period (1600s). The rectangular characters are written with only horizontal and vertical lines and the remnants of the crests. Each of them is a one-of-a-kind item.

Unisex Workwear Jacket for All Ages
Japanese hand-towel fabric is applied to the back of the sleeves and to the back side, combining various patterns. The back of the sleeves can be folded back to add an accent to the style. The indigo-dyed hanten coats are carefully made by craftsmen one-by-one as unisex models from S-to-XL. Enjoy wearing hanten as you would cardigans and oversized jackets.

Take a look at more snapshots to see how others wear this jacket here

 

Video on mono-ai indigo dyeing process :  

 

All done by hand with attention and care. The indigo dyeing process using indigo vats at their own dye workshop.
All done by hand with attention and care. The indigo dyeing process using indigo vats at their own dye workshop.
Creating patterns with Katazome technique on 'hanten' textile. Hanten is a traditional Japanese jacket used by craftsmen and during festivals.
Creating patterns with Katazome technique on 'hanten' textile. Hanten is a traditional Japanese jacket used by craftsmen and during festivals.
Drying the indigo dyed and katazome printed textile in open air. The patterns are traditional Japanese writing styles, such as Edo-moji and Kakuji.
Drying the indigo dyed and katazome printed textile in open air. The patterns are traditional Japanese writing styles, such as Edo-moji and Kakuji.

The items are available only through pre-order. 
The expected delivery is mid October 2021.

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