Following Tokushima and Jeju in the "City Bandana" series, we made Hong Kong, the third in the series. Our exhibition "Absolute Blue: BUAISOU Works with Japanese Natural Indigo," was held at CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) from October 29, 2022, to February 5, 2023, and we received ideas from the staff of CHAT to draw Hong Kong in BUAISOU's own way.
Design; Kakuo Kaji/BUAISOU
Using inspiration from vintage bandanas from the pre-industrialization of synthetic indigo at the end of the 19th century, BUAISOU has updated our classic bandana. By changing the thread number, thread quality, and weaving density, we have been able to develop a fabric with double selvedge, a major feature that has not been seen in over a century. Traditional looms that can weave fabrics of this width are extremely rare. Fortunately, one was found in a mill in our hometown of Tokushima. The loom had been out of commission for several decades but has now been given a new life and put back into production.
The pattern is created by a technique called Bassen (discharge), in which the color is removed after dyeing, and finally, each is hand finished in our studio.
bandana Hong Kong
Material: 100% cotton
Size : h55(21.65)×w55(21.65) cm(inch)
skm(sukumo) : 2021-2022
・Bandana with double selvages
・Indigo dyed and sewn by BUAISOU
・Woven for BUAISOU in Tokushima, Japan.
We recommend that you gently hand wash items with detergent and lukewarm water the first 2-3 times after purchase.Regarding tapestries, cloths and other ornamental items, we recommend that you hand wash with warm water once every six month to a year to get rid of any excess dye.Please use detergent that does not include any whitening or bleaching agents.Although BUAISOU’s indigo dye products have been stripped of excess dye using natural dye stripping agents prior to purchase, there is still a possibility of color transfer with harsh rubbing or other close / vigorous interactions.While brown or yellow pigment may appear during washing, this is a chemical component unique to the indigo dye we use, whilst doing this repeatedly, you may remove the excess dye and be left with more vivid colors than before.This is a very special trait of ours, and why BUAISOU’s indigo dye products are the best.
Because the products are handmade, each item’s colors and patterns are unique. * The dye may react to ultraviolet rays such as sunlight and discoloration may occur. Please keep away from excessive ultraviolet rays or sunlight. In the unlikely event of discoloration, place the item hot water overnight, wash and repeat. Using a washing machine is possible (with the delicate wash function).