Selvedge Chambray cloth
A beautiful and unique selvedge chambray, woven on vintage looms in Japan.
Japan makes the finest denims and chambray in the world, but they can be tough and compact. Simon commissioned this one together with 100 Hands as a loose, open-weave material, making it soft and breathable.
That breathability makes it great all-year round, and the softness increases with every wash and wear: like all PS cloths, it is designed to get better with age.
Says Simon: "I've been looking to find a nice, narrow-loom chambray cloth for a while. I thought it would be a nice compliment to the other PS oxfords and denims; but also wanted something more casual and open weave than the European mills typically offer to shirtmakers.
"I was excited, therefore, when 100 Hands said they had sourced a similar chambray, and that they could wash it in-house, to deal with the shrinkage issues Japanese cloths often have."
Being washed by 100 Hands in India gives it an even nicer handle, as well as reducing shrinkage to virtually nothing - on a par with any compact fine shirting.
In terms of colour, it has the typical indigo-and-white weave of chambray, which gives it that denim-like style but flatter and subtly textured. And it has the nice detail of a selvedge, which you can choose to include on part of the shirt if you wish.
Full details on the origins of the project here.
- 100% cotton, 143 gram / Mtl (GSM 130)
- Yarn count 40/1 x 20/1
- Width is 1.1m (being a vintage loom) and sold in lengths of 2.5m
- Woven by Maruwa, Japan
- Woven on narrow, vintage looms with selvedge