May 5th, 2016 / posted by paularath
An Indonesian weaver at work. Photos in this story are courtesy of Ron Irwin of Indige.

An Indonesian weaver at work.                          Photos in this story are courtesy of Ron Irwin of Indige.

Ron Irwin, owner of Indige Design in Kaimuki (www.indigedesign.com) is far more than a shop owner. He works in Indonesia from the ground up on his garments, meeting with weavers, dyers, pattern makers, seamstresses and even button makers and notions purveyors to find or create exactly the look he wants.

A new layered linen garment that Ron recently re-designed.

A new layered natural linen gauze garment that Ron recently re-designed.

By working directly with the weavers in a small Indonesian village, Ron can create fabrics that will suit his customers and their island lifestyles. That’s why his garments are so ideal for Hawaii.

Just back from another working trip, Ron reports: “I have been working excitedly with our new master weaver and following his suggestions for thread width, color dye and weaving patterns too. I am so pleased with all of his input in creating a better quality and artistic fabric than we have ever had before.”

Who doesn't love polka dots?

Who doesn’t love polka dots?

Hand weaving, Indonesian style.

Hand weaving, Indonesian style.

Ron with a dashing new print.

Ron with a dashing new print.

Searching for notions such as buttons and zippers can be quite a chore in the extreme heat of Indonesia.

Searching for notions such as buttons can be quite a chore in the extreme heat of Indonesia.

One of Ron’s recent projects has been the perfection of natural linen gauze. His previous iteration was deemed comfy and cool and lovable for its lightness. However, it was also quite sheer – too much so for many of his modest customers.

During this trip he found a 60% linen/40% cotton blend that’s “soft as tissue” and can be layered beautifully so that it is not quite so transparent.

The linen/cotton blend in a two-color layered style.

The linen/cotton blend in a two-color layered style.

Indige will carry this fiber in white, natural, orange and ice blue.

It will be a few months before these new prints and fabrics are in store. Watch Ron’s windows for what’s new or call him at 734-3377 to ask about particular pieces you may see here.

Ron's pau hana hideaway

Ron’s pau hana hideaway

It can all be exhausting work in this climate, so Ron is relieved to have found a lovely (and affordable) place to rest and refresh at pau hana time.

– Paula Rath

 

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Celiamarie Moore
May 15th, 2016 at 3:08 am

So happy to see this lovely article in praise of Ron and his beautiful clothing lines!!
I love my Indige collection pieces…..

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