ban inoue : kaya smock in chalk
Feather light with a soft, ballooning volume to match, this short, artfully proportioned top gathers gently into clever pleated sleeves. With a boat neck which slips on easily overhead, the kaya smock makes a more considered alternative to a basic tee, and may be worn over a simple singlet or layered with stretchy long sleeves underneath.
made in Japan.
colour : chalk
materials : 100% kaya cotton
• length 58cm
• width 52cm
washing & care : this fine, net-like textile is woven from pure cotton and stiffened with natural plant starches for presentation. You can expect its texture to become incredibly soft and waffle-ish with wear and washing, as shown in the last picture. Kaya can be machine washed in cold water on a gentle cycle (a laundry bag will help prevent snags) but should not be tumble dried.
From the beautiful ancient capital Nara, Ban Inoue make breathable garments in simple styles, allowing the soft texture and natural comfort of their textiles to take focus. Still traditionally woven to this day, kaya is renowned in Japan for a beauty of near spiritual quality, inspiring poetry and ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo period. Today, Ban Inoue wish to preserve the gentle aesthetic and practical properties of kaya cloth with their effortless and naturally comfortable clothing.