The Utility Jacket is inspired by the practical elegance of the ‘Workman’s Jacket’, a staple across cultures in modern history. Nila’s version interprets this timeless classic in handwoven linen with a weft yarn dyed in natural indigo. With a simple mandarin collar left lightly open at neck, the clean lines of the jacket are given a quiet flair with rough-edge detailing along the front panel. The jacket has been designed with a chest pocket and roomy pockets in front at the waist for a relaxed, utilitarian feel.
The speckled texture of handwoven linen gives the jacket a beautiful stone blue shade. The weft yarn for the textile has been double dipped in natural indigo, bringing it up to the light, airy hue of Shade 2. The cotton linen has been woven on handlooms in Murshidabad, West Bengal. Linen is usually woven on heavy-duty factory machines, but it changes structure considerably when adapted to handloom. The openness of the weave brings a textured lightness and breathability to the jacket.
For this piece, Nila collaborated with the Udaipur-based non-profit SADHNA, bringing the textiles to the women artisans they work with for the final stitching. SADHNA provides livelihood security to the women by supporting and building the strength of their craft.
The Utility Jacket is the perfect travel piece, carrying the elegance and comfort of natural materials, made by hand. The classic cut seamlessly transitions from casual to easy formal. This piece is made with great care and is meant to last a lifetime.
Composition and care:
100% Handwoven Linen
Dry clean only
Natural indigo is a millennia-old plant dye. The alchemy of earth, water, air and indigo leaves creates an unpredictable beauty. The rich natural colour of the indigo may fade slightly over time, with exposure to direct sunlight. The textile may carry some imperfections; this is a part of the beauty of handwoven textiles.
Domestic: Delivery in 2-3 weeks.
International: Delivery in 3-4 weeks.
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