These pants are made from a beautifully soft denim fabric. They are piece dyed in an indigo pot and the pockets are shibori dyed separately. They are wide leg and a bit cropped but made to order by putting in a custom elastic piece in the waistband. Please include height and waist measurements in the order notes. Each pocket wraps around to the back and is able to hold a lot--no need for a bag!
THIS PIECE IS MADE TO ORDER: PLEASE ALLOW FOR 2-3 WEEKS FOR THIS PRODUCT TO ARRIVE.
Please allow for small variations in color and pattern because the beauty of natural dyes is in their inconsistency.
Model wears a medium.
A little bit about the dye:
The color indigo comes from a variety of different plants but most notably indigofera, which became the most sought after species after Vasco de Gama discovered a sea route to the East Indies in 1498. Different plants related to this species are native to Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, West Africa, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean Islands. A study published in Science Advances found indigo dyed cotton in a textile from Peru dating back 6,000 years.
Indigo is a plant that is native to so many places and thus loaded with history from all over the world--mummies were buried with Indigo dyed strips of fabric in Egypt, Indian indigo farmers were some of the first to revolt against the British, and the first flag of the US that inspired the national anthem sung today was dyed with indigo and sewn by Mary Pickersgill, a Baltimore flag maker.
I use indigo bought from the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Collective in Espanola, New Mexico. I have an indigo vat in my studio that I regularly feed with Indigo, Soda Ash, and Thoix. I hand wash each piece with ivory soap.