Things to know about Kilomet109 products
Kilomet109 collaborates with several artisan communities from the
remote northern region of Vietnam to grow, weave, and dye the natural
fabrics used in our clothing. Each group employs unique techniques
honed, cultivated, and passed down by the extraordinary women in
these communities from generation to generation.
The cotton, hemp, and silk fibers we use are all grown and woven by
hand. This can create some welcome irregularities in fabric thickness
which are hallmarks of hand made textiles and which ensure that each
piece has a distinct feel and look. The hand-woven raw cotton and
hemp pieces are designed to last and will become softer over time and
with each wash, much like your favorite denim jacket.
Kilomet109 uses traditional dyeing practices for many of our products.
This includes natural dyes made from indigo, yam root, coffee, green
tea, tree bark, ebony fruit and many other locally sourced botanicals.
We are constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques to
create our dyes and to bring our textiles the spectacular colors and
shades you have come to expect from Kilomet109 products.
During the dyeing process no chemicals are added. We use all natural
dye fixers to hold the colors and each batch of fabric is hand
dyed, thus ensuring the uniqueness of each piece. Wearing and
washing the clothes will cause some color fading over time, and each
product will transform and gain its own aesthetic quality.
Batik and Calendering techniques
Kilomet109 is using two distinctive techniques from the Blue H’mong
and Black H’mong artisan communities, batik hand drawing and hemp
stone calendaring. While these crafts have existed for centuries
Kilomet109 has collaborated with these artisans to employ a more
modern and improvisational approach. The results are an exciting mix
of contemporary abstract expression and traditional craftsmanship. We
aim to push the boundaries of these textile techniques and take the
aesthetic to new places in our designs.
Basic garment care for natural dyed products:
Kilomet 109 products should be either hand washed or machine
washed in cold water, using mild detergent containing no bleach.
Natural fabrics need to be washed separately as there may be some
dye bleeding the first few washes.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR INDIGO PRODUCTS
We highly recommend wearing dark co-pieces with indigo products for
the first few wears. There can be some initial dye bleeding and
therefore extra caution should be paid to prevent any unwanted stains
on light colored co-pieces.
Garments should be hung out to air dry in the shade. Please use low
heat to iron the clothes. If you have any questions about garment care
please feel free to contact us directly at [email protected]