The fall equinox signaled the official start of sweater weather yesterday. And right on cue, Japanese retailer Muji unveiled the Reclaimed Wool collection, a six-piece line of fall-ready apparel and clothing, all spun from salvaged wool, dyed in seasonal neutrals, and priced between $20 and $79.
For this line, textile designer and longtime brand collaborator Reiko Sudo adopted the 100-year-old Japanese art of washing, cutting, and reworking high-quality wool from vintage garments. Like other upcycled Muji products, it is inspired by mottai-nai, an expression used by the Japanese to remind themselves not to let anything go to waste.
Artisans from Aichi, Japan’s historic wool-working prefecture, were hired to recycle the materials and weave them into new clothes and accessories.
The textiles’ unifying colorway is an overcast gray, but the clothing, including rib-knitted sweaters and a cap, is also available in other muted shades.
Sudo will discuss traditional Japanese dyeing and weaving techniques at the brand’s Fifth Avenue, New York flagship store from 7-8pm on Tuesday, September 27th to coincide with the Reclaimed Wool collection’s release.
All photos courtesy of Muji
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