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.
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
HARVEST HAND DYE
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
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.
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.