Yes, it’s indigo. And yes, it’s sashiko. The primary trait that makes this fabric exquisitely special is no other than its sashiko embroidery look. To produce such a particular look, the fabric’s gone thru what we know as a dobby loom technique and process. The dobby fabric refers to a woven fabric that is produced on a specific dobby loom using a technique dated back to the 1840s.
Although the fabric is woven through a loom, as in other types of woven fabrics, it needs a piece of special equipment to attach to the loom called a dobby. The technique is done by manipulating the yarns present in the fabric. The weaver raises and lowers the warp threads individually. Resulting in a small and distinctive geometric pattern formed on the fabric.
This quite thick 17.5 oz. / sq. yd fabric was woven in Okayama, Japan. It’s constructed using indigo rope-dyed yarns. So yes, just imagine how the ‘raised’ indigo surface will have a different fade’s depth than its lower indigo surface. The fabric feels quite bulky, but it comes with a soft & tender kind of trait. So yes, this fabric and our jacket pattern are match made in blue heaven.
The jacket pattern that we decided to use as the build for this fabric is no other than our Work Jacket Type III pattern. It’s our original jacket pattern inspired by the 1930s denim jacket style. It has a rounded collar style. The jacket has a double pleat on its front placket. It’s equipped with a single big pocket, finished off with Oldblue signature looped-arcuate stitch. For those of you who enjoy a refined detail, you’d appreciate its distinct curved front and back yoke style.
~ 17.5 oz dobby fabric
~ Sashiko dobby pattern
~ Rope-dyed indigo
~ Milled in Okayama, Japan
~ 100% cotton
~ 1930s work jacket style
~ Double pleated jacket
~ Single front pocket with flap closure
~ Rounded collar
~ Curved front & back yoke
~ Oldblue special customized hardware sets from Scovill USA
~ 100% copper washer-burr rivets
~ Thick zync-alloy doughnut buttons with burnt-copper finish
~ Oldblue customized and locally made antique copper cinch-back
~ Special 12th Blue Spell laken patch
|Work Jacket Type III – 17.5 Oz Indigo Sashiko Okayama|
|* measurements are in inches
* taken from 2-3 pieces of samples
* may slightly differ each pair (0.25 – 0.5″), as they’re cut & sewn by hands