Kapital Kountry | Sashiko Kenka Shirt and Out-Quilt-Pocket Shorts – In Miyakojima

I took a little trip to Miyakojima in the Ryukyu islands (Okinawa). What better chance to feature some new Kapital items in the natural and beautiful island setting.

 I haven’t worn shorts since… I have no idea really, maybe since I was an adolescent. This year I had a change of mood, I had the paradise island bug and I needed something with an edge. I found these at Kapital and immediately fell in love. The quilted pockets sticking out seemed ridiculous and exactly what I was looking for, not to mention my love of hand stitched repairs. They seem like shorts for exactly the place I ended up, Miyakojima. With the sea-weathered buildings along the streets and the emerald ocean always on the horizon these shorts seemed to have a similar story.

The roughness of the cement building gave way to the soft embrace of mother nature. The ocean side, that emerald gem that is the sea that surounds Miyakojima is something to see for oneself. The tree-lined coral sand beaches are like the selvedge line to the indigo.

This is an indigo dyed ramie with sashiko details “Kenka Shirt”, kenka means fight. This shirt seems to have been inspired by the Nada “Kenka” festival happi. It is a very odd shirt to wear, but definitely Kiro designed this. It feels like it was designed by trial and error, slowly and carefully thought out and improved upon. The fit is very comfortable, the construction solid, and the pocket perfectly placed for a phone. The inside pocket is easily accessible with one hand free, the full square cut means layering with it is no problem. It is a very versatile shirt, which could also be used as a pop-over jacket. This was featured in the Surf Cowboys Spring 2012 and I fell in love with it from there. The Kountry guys did a terrific job on the contrasting kaya sashiko collar, and the chest stitching.

A little more on ramie. It is very similar to hemp as it is a bast fiber. Ramie is a traditional Japanese fiber used in textiles since ancient times. It dries super quickly which makes it good for working in, as you get sweaty.

The weather-worn sign, and the rope remind me of the shirt and the sashiko details.

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