We like the shadows cast by people. The dappled patterns of light through the trees.
Not crisp black shadows, but gray ones. Shadows that reflect the contours of the light and gradations of darkness.
After working with Indigo for twenty years, we decided to call our 34th Indigo hue “Kageiro Nando” – “Shadow Nando.”
It’s a deep, shadowy Indigo, reminiscent of both natural Ai indigo and black.
It started with an idea: “Let’s make a gray denim .”
At first, we experimented with gray rope dying. What would happen if we dyed the yarn gray with the same techniques we use to dye it Indigo?
But none of our experiments worked out. No combination of dyes or dyeing time gave us what we were looking for.
We wanted a gray with the kind of vivid bright-and-dark contrast you see on vintage denim.
With that as our starting point, we thought our way back to – yes – Indigo.
Left: Kageiro Nando jeans, Right: Sumi Nando jeans
We took our cue from our own history: “Sumi Nando,” a dark Indigo devised by 45R in 2003. This hue gave the yarn a depth of color, like black and Indigo overlaid on each other. Over the years, the Indigo fades and the color settles to gray.
Now inspired by Sumi Nando, we embarked on further experiments with rope dyeing . . .
One day, the yarn we drew from the dye vat had a color that satisfied everyone – a mysterious hue sharing in the deep blue of Indigo and the refined gentleness of gray. It was lighter and more flexible than Sumi Nando, and revealed a lively gradation between vivid blue and gray after a few washes.
Of course, this Indigo hue was deeper and more beautiful than any we had ever seen, but when we used that yarn to make jeans, we found that they went well with clothing of any color. We had created a denim of supreme versatility – something that could be worn with any coordinates.
From the left, loomsate, Nou, Syo and Jyu color in Kageiro Nando indigo
This, we decided, would delight any customer.
We can hardly wait to show you what it looks like in our stores.
Our 34th shade of Indigo is now complete.