INDIGO SASHIKO JACKET

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A jacket packed with Japanese traditional crafting techniques from the leading textile city of Fukuyama

Sanyo Senko

2022.6.2

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A jacket packed with Japanese traditional crafting techniques from the leading textile city of Fukuyama

Sanyo Senko

2022.6.2

 


This jacket is made of Sashiko, a traditional Japanese folk craft, used, for example, for kendo and judo garments. This fabric has good thickness, is durable and retains heat.

The lovely indigo color, made possible thanks to a traditional Japanese dyeing technique, gives off a unique design. The washing process gives the jacket a vintage feel that can’t be reproduced with modern machines.

Since ancient times, the indigo color was believed to be a good omen, and, as such, was favored by samurais who considered it the “color of victory”. It makes the Indigo Jacket a fitting piece of clothing for business situations.

When first launching our jacket in Japan, we received some feedback praising the thickness of the fabric but also saying it was a little heavy. Taking these opinions into consideration, we redeveloped our fabric to make it lighter.

We decided to weave our fabric with finer threads, that while lighter, still retain the thickness and warmth of the jacket. Weaving with fine threads requires meticulous adjustments of the tension and makes manufacturing more complicated, but it was made possible by employing the latest loom technologies.

The Sashiko, a traditional Japanese fabric, has evolved overtime with the more recent technologies, into the modern and casual denim. Double cloths have a very complex structure and are difficult to weave. Two types of threads are used for the weft (colored threads and raw threads) to mark a contrast between the front side and the reverse side of the fabric. The double weave gives the fabric thickness, but the texture is very soft and supple.


・Double weave

Sashiko is a traditional method of layering and sewing fabrics together to make it durable. Made of 100% cotton, it does not fall behind denim in terms of thickness and density as it is double woven. The layer of air at the center of the double cloth helps retain heat and makes the fabric warm.

Using 10’s count yarn, the fabric boasts a solid texture with a soft finish. To be able to weave together two cloths, each of different weave, requires a perfect regulation of the tension of the threads, experience and advanced skills.


・Sashime

A particularity of the Sashiko fabric is the irregularities on its surface. These are called “sashime”. When washing the fabric, the indigo color on the little protruding parts will fade first, giving a unique charm to the fabric. As such, it is a sturdy fabric that you can wear on the long run and that ages well over the years.


Sashiko is a traditional textile of Japan. Because of its remarkable durability, it has been widely used from common folk’s clothing to martial arts garments (kendo and judo). However, nowadays, western style clothes are commonly used and the production of Sashiko has greatly decreased. One day, our group company received a request to produce Sashiko. The request came from Bushu, in Saitama Prefecture, Kanto region, an area which has been historically producing Sashiko fabric. It seemed like the number of workshops producing Sashiko was declining and so we were chosen to pick up its production.

This jacket is not only entirely “Made in Japan” but also produced in collaboration with companies in the city of Fukuyama, in Hiroshima Prefecture. Born from the joint effort of experts in indigo dyeing, the Indigo Jacket is produced by three companies in Fukuyama, a city that has prospered as a port town since ancient times.



The Indigo Jacket is made by the members of the “MONOSHOP” group, a group that is dedicated to handicraft in Fukuyama. MONOSHOP is the official brand of Fukuyama city.

https://fukuyama-monoshop.com/about/


Our company has a history of 98 years and has been specialized in indigo dyeing since its establishment. At the time, it was the norm with indigo dyeing to use a technique to dye the threads before they were woven. Despite this, Sanyo-Senko successfully developed an indigo dyeing machine for the first time in Japan, that allowed us to dye pieces of fabrics directly by passing them through the mechanism, making indigo dyed products more accessible and diffusing the charms of those products throughout Japan.

The quality and technical prowess was recognized and exported to various parts of the world, and nowadays, the amount of dyed fabric per year went up to 40km for indigo dye alone.

Using this technique and the latest looms developed in recent years, we tackled the challenge of indigo dyed Sashiko and are now able to produce a variety of different Sashiko.


By adjusting the color through washing, it will set properly on the fabric. Shikawa is a company in Fukuyama city that specializes in “washing” and “product dyeing”, famous among people in the field. This jacket is made of unique dyed sashiko fabric that has been skillfully washed with a lot of know-how!

Rather than being washed as a finished product, the cloth is carefully washed before being sewn, in its fabric state. It is a complex process that requires some advanced skills as the fabric usually wrinkles very easily, but it preserves and makes the color more beautiful.

The sewing factory is also one of our partners in Fukuyama. They are trusted partners of our company that answer diverse requests, always with careful work. They had a hand in almost every step of the jacket’s production, from its design to its patterns and all the detailed sewing it required.

Chugoku Boshoku Co., Ltd, is a company in Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture with a history of more than 70 years. It started with the manufacture of sailcloth, and is now a denim factory that can handle every process from warping, dyeing, sizing and weaving, to the fabric inspection. The unique fabric dyeing machine in Japan is capable of dyeing light and dark colors, fine and thick yarn, and is able to perform a wide range of dyeing processes, especially the recreation of the pure indigo color which is one of its strong points. Moreover, using the weaving techniques we acquired during all those years, we continue to develop weaves of complex structure such as the double weave daily. By using both rapier and projectile looms, it became possible to weave a variety of fabrics without being constricted by the limits of conventional denim.


The embroidery on the button part and the inner piping of the jacket bring some red color accents.

The washing of the fabric gives it a vintage feel.

It matches a lot of styles from casual to formal !

100% cotton





  • Handwash recommended. Do not use chlorine or oxygen-based bleach.
  • When washing, color transfer may happen. Please wash separately from other items. Do not leave the jacket in the water or wet for an extended period of time. Preferably, hang to dry as soon as the washing is done.
  • Do not use the tumble dryer. Hang to dry on a hanger in a shaded place.
  • Use a pressing cloth when ironing and be careful of not getting anything caught in the fabric.
  • Soft dry cleaning with petroleum solvent possible.

Color transfer caused by friction

Due to the nature of indigo dye, the color will gradually fade. Please handle the product with care, as strong rubbing, or friction in a wet state may cause color transfer.

Risk of discoloration / change of color

If the product is left in the sun for an extended period of time, discoloration or yellowing may happen.

Risk of fading color

Please avoid using while the jacket is wet or during rainy days.


Our company, Sanyo Senko, was founded in 1925 in the city of Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture. This region is considered a major textile production area, starting with the common garments of the Edo period, and continuing up to now with textiles such as denim. As the number of workshops producing Sashiko has been decreasing, a request for production reached our associate company, Chugoku Boshoku, and the latest looms capable of producing Sashiko have been brought in. We thought of using the fabric as a form of promotion of the local companies and thus started a collaboration. 

Fukuyama is the number one area for textile manufacturing in Japan. However, the number of shipments started declining after peaking in the 1990’s, as the production suffered from fierce market price competition with the textile industry in Asia.

We would like to convey the charms of Made in Japan fabric and the unique technology used to produce it to as many people as possible. In 2018, we launched a brand called “BASSEN WORKS” in order to revive Fukuyama and its textile industry once more. We are driven by the desire to produce great goods and to stir up the textile industry of Fukuyama, of all of Japan and will keep on tackling new challenges.

We are happy to be able to spread the craft of Fukuyama to the rest of the world thanks to this Kickstarter project, and we are very grateful for any support we can receive!


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Our company, Sanyo Senko, was founded in 1925 in the city of Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture. This region is considered a major textile production area, starting with the common garments of the Edo period, and continuing up to now with textiles such as denim. As the number of workshops producing Sashiko has been decreasing, a request for production reached our associate company, Chugoku Boshoku, and the latest looms capable of producing Sashiko have been brought in. We thought of using the fabric as a form of promotion of the local companies and thus started a collaboration.

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