2005 Bushu Indigo-dyed Aojima Samue
Love at first sight. The beautiful, pale indigo-dyed samue.
Japanese artisans have carefully tailored this item from fabric dyed in Bushu, an area known for its production of indigo dye in the Kanto region that boasts a 140-year history. The final color of the dye is not the darker color generally associated with indigo dyeing, but a richly textured "Asagi" color. The stripe pattern with a faint vertical stripe is called "Aojima," which accentuates the color tone.
The touchable, soft, and comfortable texture is one of the charms of this samue. With the beauty of the shifting indigo color and the soft, satisfying feel, you can easily enjoy the comfort of this garment and think about Japanese tradition and nature.
- 100% Cotton
- Fabric thickness: slightly thin (0.40mm)
- Recommended season: Spring, Fall, Winter
- Hand wash (Please wash alone as it will transfer dye)
- Made in Japan
- Shipping weight: 680g
What are Samue?
Samue are a type of traditional Japanese garment. While kimono are formal attire that can be challenging to wear and require various etiquette, samue consist of a jacket and pants that are easy to wear and move around in.Originating as workwear for monks engaging in daily chores, today, samue are popular garments ideal for work and casual wear. Based on functional designs that allow freedom of movement and made from lightweight and comfortable fabrics, Samue can be worn all day long.At Wasuian, we offer various colors and styles, so you're sure to find one that is perfect for you!
Wasuian's Commitment: Backstitching
Wasuian's Samue is made by the backstitching method of traditional Japanese clothing. Although it is somewhat inefficient to manufacture, our samue is sewn at the back, not on the shoulders, with the same relaxed shoulder silhouette as a kimono. Since ancient times, the back seam has been handed down "to prevent evil from entering through the back." This is a unique characteristic of traditional Japanese clothing that we wish to preserve.
Wasuian’s Commitment: The Beauty of the Collar
The collar has always been an essential part of the kimono, as is evident in the idiom "Eri Wo Tadasu" ("straighten the collar"). For our samue, we avoid placing stitches on the front of the collar by using the sophisticated drop stitching technique. It relies on the fingertips to apply the sewing machine to the edge of the collar, just 1 to 2 mm away.Our artisans carefully make every garment by hand. We strive to balance preserving the essence and techniques of traditional Japanese clothing while evolving the designs to match modern lifestyles.
Over 60 years, we became the top producer of samue (traditional workwear now popularly used as loungewear) in Japan. Our garments combine traditional techniques with modern functionality and design.