Since its creation in 2000, HaaT has continued
to focus on “Made in Japan,”developing Japanese
techniques hand-in-hand with local manufacturers, and putting
them to use in new and interesting items of clothing for today.
These textiles were born by adding a brand-original
perspective to Japanese materials,
and superimposing ingenuity to bring
about comfort and lightness.

Japanese Craftsmanship


This series uses a complex weave of 
cotton thread for the warp and thread of 
various materials (such as those in 
tape-form or with loops or feathers) for 
the weft. The harvest of various crops is 
expressed by a three-dimensional texture 
that spreads out in geometric patterns. 
A lightweight cut jacquard weave material 
is born.


This series is created by highly skilled 
Kyoto craftsmen who have hand-drawn 
the designs and dyed the cupra twill 
fabric. Cupra is a regenerated fiber from 
the cotton linter that grows on seeds 
inside raw cotton and is not originally 
used as fiber. It is an environmentally 
friendly material that is biodegradable. 
The designs are carefully drawn on 
this fabric individually.


Highly skilled craftsman from Arimatsu, 
which is known for a type of resist dyeing 
technique called Arimatsu shibori, use 
an electrical machine to expand and 
contract the needle going in and out of 
the fabric. They hand-turn the spool to 
dye the cloth, and then process it to 
make it set. It is an easy-care textile born 
from a technique that was developed in 
collaboration between HaaT and 
the craftsmen.


HaaTH, which lets one feel the warmth of the hand,
relays Indian craftsmanship to the modern world.
Craftsmen of the highest level belong to the studio located
in the northwestern city of Ahmedabad, and the things created
there are so precise, that it is hard to believe they are handcrafted.
It is hoped that the knowledge passed down from one hand
to another can also be used in contemporary designs created in Tokyo.
HaaT captures the culture and tradition deeply imbedded
in this land and continues collaborating in making clothes.

Indian Craftsmanship


Khadi is a woven cotton fabric that is 
symbolic for Indians. Each thread is 
carefully spun from cotton by hand, 
using a spinning wheel called a charkha. 
Then, it is woven to create a cotton cloth 
that conveys the warmth of a hand-woven 
material. This season, the fabric was dyed 
using an original dyeing method called 
harvest dyeing to create a texture of 
a natural material and the lightness 
that makes it feel like wearing air.


The intricate embroidery and appliqué are 
applied by skilled craftsmen using sewing 
machines. This was originally conceived 
in India as a way to keep fraying cloth 
from standing out so that clothes could 
be worn longer and still be attractive. 
A sketch is first made in chalk, and with 
dexterous hand movements and 
well-honed skills, the sketch is traced into 
an intricate pattern by the craftsmen 
operating sewing machines.


These prints are made by pressing 
woodblocks that have been engraved 
with a pattern into the fabric as if you 
were pressing it onto paper. It may look 
easy at first, but printing in a way that 
leaves no blurred or misaligned areas 
requires a high level of skill and years of 
experience. The print workshops in India 
keep a great number of woodblocks 
which are combined to create a nearly 
infinite variety of patterns.