Kikay Eco-Print Silk Kimono Wrap - Autumn Leaves
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Your one-and-only handcrafted essential guaranteed to delight everyone when they hear the secret - fresh leaves printed their own shapes and colors on this piece. Enjoy a shot of liquid-silk allure, let the fabric faint on the floor or allow it to gently slide off your shoulder for a full load of sensuality.
We know your friends will be asking so get ready to tell the handcrafting story below.
100% silk 16 momme: Natural. Caressingly soft . Breathable . Keeps you cooler when the weather is warm and warmer when the weather is cool. Hypoallergenic. Dyed in soil color from "tingi" bark, a local plant.
100% plant dyed: Soil background color from "tingi" bark, a local plant.
100% prints from fresh leaves: Mimba leaf. Cotton leaf. Castor leaf. Lanang leaf. Tabebuia leaf. Kalpataru leaf.
A Love Story of Giving
Marie and Matilda from Paris came back to the Ubud shop when visiting Bali in February 2020 and took our silk kimono samples with eco-prints. We were inspired by their curiosity and engagement on how the luxurious prints and colors on their kimonos actually came from living plants. At the start of 2020 we set out to marry design and nature prints through eco-printing, and bring nature on your clothes. Eco-printing is an age-old technique where living plants are pressed onto fabrics, and then heated to transfer its shape, color and marks on the fabric. These contact prints are called “eco-prints.” For this Francisca silk kimono, we collaborated with husband-and-wife artisans, Hardi and Luspa who needed four days to complete this piece. They foraged the leaves around Bali with the shapes and pigments we chose to create this "Autumn Leaves" pattern. After three hours of steaming, magic happened. The colors and shapes were revealed as we lifted every leaf off the unwrapped fabric. With nature doing the printing, we never know what we get. We learn to surrender, accept and be content. And the result is always groundbreaking.
- Made for longevity so you can wear it a lot or share. As a final layer to your breezy look. Or a sleek alternative to a sundress. As urbanized maxi update that promise to sweep as effortlessly and romantically over high-waist pants or mini or maxi frocks.
- Featuring: Generous proportions from four meters of natural silk to give you a graceful drape . Two-meter cord belt in self-fabric to give you versatile styling. Wide shawl collar . Elongated wide sleeves and cuff . Rolled tab sleeves with mother of pearl button . Underarm split . Clean french seams throughout . Of course, two utility-style pockets . Comes with a reusable and reversible pouch made from donated fabric scraps.
- Fit Generous Proportions: One size. Front chest: 36in * 91cm. Upper back: 26in * 67cm. Front Length: 47in * 120cm. Model Jasmine is 5'5" * 167 cm.
- Care for long-lasting plant-dye: Cold hand wash or machine wash with like colors. Use eco-friendly or gentle detergent. Air dry in the shade or tumble dry low. Dry clean not recommended as natural dyes react to heavy synthetic chemicals. Plant dyed colors will fade if left in the sun for a long time and washed in hot water. Mend when torn.
You become a donor
Every purchase supports a cause as we share 50% of our net proceeds to the community. Together we help underprivileged children get the quality education they deserve at the eco-school we support in Bali. Learn more about our school mission in the blog.
Plant dyed, cut, sewn the traditional way in home-based family workshops in Bali who share our values for environmental and social responsibility. Learn more about how artisanal techniques work in our blog.
Aligning with UN SDG Goals
We take pride in contributing to at least six of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; and Goal 15: Life on Land.