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The Aiko Jacket: Bougainvillea (Long)

//This is a special longer version of our Aiko Jacket, perfect for taller individuals or for feeling extra cozy.//

Named after Mari's mom Aiko, who helped us with the base pattern for this Japanese-inspired jacket. We've added our touch using this ikat cochineal-dyed and footloom-woven textile prepared for us by our partner weavers at Lake Atitlán. The result is a cozy medium heavy-weight cotton jacket that is great on its own and layered. Possibly the best part - generous pockets!

Sewing is all done by Juan Carlos, who was able to purchase an overlock sewing machine in 2020 with all the work from making cloth masks since COVID hit. We have been working together to expand his offerings and improve construction details. After a few tweaks, we're so excited to share this jacket with you! We think it's pretty great, and we hope you do, too.

$10 donated per jacket sale to Friendship Bridge, chosen by Aiko, since she was so kind to share this pattern with us. The organization works to create opportunities for rural indigenous women in Guatemala.

The pattern does not have defined shoulder lines, allowing for a versatile fit for body shapes small to large. Close it with a pin if you'd like, or just leave it open for a haori-like wear. The sleeves are 3/4 length.

Including a mending kit with each jacket, in-line with this piece's Japanese influence! With a few different textile squares (including the same textile as the jacket) and naturally-dyed cotton threads, we hope for these jackets to be loved and used for years to come as well as mended if needed in the future. When done with care and love, we believe that mending makes garments increasingly beautiful.



Length: 31 inches

Maximum shoulder width: 26 inches

One size available fits flexibly like US sizes M/L 


Care: Wash by hand separately in cold water, and lay flat or hang inside out to dry. Naturally-dyed color will last best when stored in the shade, ie not in direct sunlight.


Would you like it in a different size? Let us know - we love working on custom orders! Please email mari@kakawdesigns.com

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