the clean shirt

Influenced by the functional aesthetic of work wear, the clean shirt is easy, hard wearing and stylish. Made from Japanese washi cloth it has a light crisp feel. The word washi means Japanese paper cloth. It is made from the pulp of the gampi tree, mitsumata and kozo bush. It is made by hand and involves an intricate process that is often undertaken in the winter as pure, cold running water is essential to its production. Cold also makes the fibres contract producing a crisp feel. The clean shirt is cut wide with three quarter length sleeves and a wonky, asymmetric front. Instead of facings it is finished with hand sewn blanket stitches around the edges of the collar, top of the pocket and the wonky front opening edge.

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