45rpm / Umii 908 “Honai” Indigo cotton knit cardigan.

Randomly browsing the sale season here in Japan and I stumbled across this gorgeous indigo knit.  A fairly standard shirt collar cardigan, but the rugged appeal is in the design and the small details. There is always a lot of talk of 45rpm’s denim, but they make several other, beautiful indigo pieces seasonally. The “Umii 908” name is 45rpm’s naval/mariner inspired line, that uses lots of vintage work-wear cuts and patterns.

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What really made this sweater stand out was the crafty feel of the coconut buttons, and the exceptionally hand-knit feel of the body.  It is a nice heavy-weight cotton knit that feels durable and comfortable. 

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The indigo color is rich and deep, and the scent of real Japanese indigo dying is evident through the natural color variation of the threads. 

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It has the look and feel of a modern adaptation to some country farmer style knits of ancient Japan.  I imagine some ancient Japanese fisherman sitting on a pile of crates mending his nets, wearing this sweater. 

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