slow fashion collection 2021S/S
There are at least 48 different shades of indigo dye described in Japan and Sei-ran is the name of one of these indigo shades. Emi decided to name her first collection Sei-ran as is the closest shade of indigo blue to the one that she created to hand-dye her garments, but also in honour of traditional hand-dyeing techniques.
Emi is a textile and ceramic artist/designer that specialises in hand weaving and natural dyeing techniques and dyes. She has been collecting traditional antique & vintage textiles around the world and created her collection by using traditional textiles and techniques, as traditional textiles and techniques are sustainable, recyclable, natural and slow-fashion.
She has used only vintage natural fabrics, organic natural fabrics, hand-woven natural fabrics, and traditional textiles for her collection. Focusing on these materials made by sustainable methods, she honours the value of traditional textiles and hand-woven fabrics while she imagines the history and background of these vintage fabrics as she brings them to a new life as part of her garments.
The fabrics used for this collection have diverse origins; some found in antique/vintage markets from England, Europe, and Japan as she explores the world on her textile research trips, others are hand weaved by herself using special materials like kibiso silk yarn, hand spun linens and others. She also likes to use natural buttons and handmade ceramic flower buttons for her clothes.
She sees garments as something to be not only enjoyed by the person who is wearing them, but also by the people that surrounds the person. However, she likes to add a special detail for the person who is wearing the garment. That’s why all her garments are well-finished even inside with details like all covered over locked seams, special details left to be seen by the wearer and the use special materials. All her garments come with details of the materials used to let you dream about the origins or how they were made.