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.
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.”
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.
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.
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