Obi Pants - Kasuri
Our unique approach to the traditional Indian salwar pant: our Obi Pants are more fitted but allow for total movement and comfort. An origami-style tuck in the lower leg gives a beautifully structured shape to these otherwise loose pants. Pair with a simple tee for everyday utility or layer under an oversized kaftan or robe for a more nomadic look. We love wearing them with the hem rolled up, too.
- Slightly cropped leg
- High waisted with a roomy fit through the hips and legs
- Flat waistband at the front merges with elasticated sides and back, lessening the bulk while retaining ease and mobility
- Side-front and side-back seams replace the classic side seam, lengthening and leaning while retaining a subtle curve shape
- Crafted from a complex hand dyed and hand woven double ikat, inspired by Japanese kasuri ikat designs
Hand dyed and woven by a group of specialised ikat master artisans in one of India's ikat centers; Hyderabad in Telangana State (formerly Andhra Pradesh). Ikat is an ancient dyeing and weaving process found around the world, including India, Japan, China and Central Asia. Ikat refers to the dyeing process, whereby prior to dyeing, the yarn is meticulously tied with string (or another material) in pre-determined locations then dyed, resulting in tied areas resisting the dye.
Our cloth is a double ikat - meaning both weft and warp yarns are dyed this way; a particularly complex process, as the dyed patterns on warp and weft must align during weaving. There are only a few places in the world that create double ikat including: Okinawa; Tenganan village, Bali; and Patan, Gujarat.
While Indian ikat generally favors bold colors and larger motifs, for this collection, our weaving partners have looked to traditional Japanese kasuri ikat for inspiration. Kasuri, meaning "rubbed", refers to the blurred edges of patterns and most frequently consists of small, geometric repeat designs dyed in indigos, whites and browns. Any variations or irregularities are part of the design and inherent to the production process.