Good evening. This is Ikeda.
Due to the exhibition being in progress, the frequency of updates for ``Story -diary-'' has decreased.
I knew I had to write it, but I had a deadline for ordering, so I couldn't get around to it.
I don't know how many people are watching it, but I'll try to update it more frequently.
Having said that, the reality is that I have to worry about ordering the 24SS every day.
I would like to order all the items if there was no limit to the amount I could spend, but of course that's not possible.
These days, I'm struggling with a combination of my desire to order and the practical issue of money.
I say this for about 10 brands, but I'm sure buyers at shops that select more than twice that number are even more troubled.
Since becoming independent, I have continued to push forward every day with both respect for my predecessors in the industry and the desire to be like them myself.
While thinking about the cruel world we live in where dreams and reality intersect, today we would like to introduce MAHITO MOTOYOSHI's silk mud-dyed items, which are now available this season.
These are items that make me want to wear them, even though my desire to wear them and the reality of money intersect.
First, let's talk about the brand concept and this season's theme.
It's easier to understand if I quote it verbatim than if I explain it in detail, so please excuse me.
- Clothes where cultures intersect - The beautiful culture we have today is made up of various things that interact with each other, and although their forms may change, they are all connected.
We explore modern ethnic clothing by mixing culture, ideology, and tradition through clothing.
Shangri-La, a fictional utopia in the depths of Tibet that appears in the novel "Lost Horizon," is a combination of Western technological civilization and the ancient spiritual culture of the East.
I believe that the fundamental philosophy of Eastern thought, which is the antithesis of the mass consumer society born of Western progressivism and modern rationalism, and that the providence of nature is the greatest principle, is most needed now.
That's about it.
Now let's introduce the items.
The first thing that catches your eye is the unique feel of the fabric.
At first glance, it seems like something sinister.
Of course it's not sinister, but I don't know how to express this feeling because I'm full of clumsiness, so I think it's very unique.
I was surprised that such a fabric could be made with mud dyeing, and I was also surprised that the fabric used was 100% silk.
I was surprised that the price was so high considering the luxury of using mud dyeing on 100% silk.
It's full of surprises.
Such mud dyeing uses a traditional dyeing technique called Xiang Yun Sha from Guangdong Province, China, and is dyed with natural Somemo yam juice and local river mud.
Not only is the fabric dyed, but it is also air-dried outside after dyeing, creating a very unique texture that looks like it has cracked.
Does it give you a sense of a mottled pattern?
By the way, the dyeing technique called Xiang Yun Sha is a rare fabric that has been registered as a national intangible cultural heritage in China.
I find myself getting excited just hearing the words "national intangible cultural heritage."
It doesn't matter.
Not only does it have a unique color due to mud dyeing, but its texture is also very unique.
When you touch it, it feels like a cross between a firm texture and a fabric with a rolling kickback, a texture that is difficult to describe.
I would like you to experience this for yourself.
Maybe it's just me, but I felt a strange feeling, and a unique feeling that gradually became addictive.
Coats and shirts made using such unique mud-dyed silk.
The coat is a stainless steel collar with thin padding.
It has a loose silhouette, and at first glance it looks like a simple stainless steel collar, but the sleeves are very distinctive.
Normally, the sleeves are cylindrical, but instead, the sleeves are shaped like intersecting straight lines.
Sorry for the difficult to understand image.
Do you think that doing so will give you a sense of a Japanese-style atmosphere?
Elements like Japanese clothes, The fabric is made by Kounsha, making this a piece that combines Japanese and Chinese traditions.
One shirt is a pullover type.
This also has a relaxed silhouette.
The fabric has a firm feel and is loose, so it doesn't have a silhouette that falls off all the time.
It's a very nice finish, with a strong texture and a relaxed silhouette that feels loose.
Compared to the coat, there are slightly fewer cracks in the mud dyeing, so it may be a more seasoned color that is easier to wear.
I think you can wear it in all three seasons except midsummer, so I hope you enjoy wearing it with layers.
Items that make you think that there are times when things go in a good direction and times when things go in a bad direction.
Please check out MAHITO MOTOYOSHI's mud-dyed silk items, which stand out due to the intersection of various elements.