Fabric Stories

Most of the fabrics we use, are exclusively developed by us with our trusted fabric makers. Our fabrics are made in Japan, USA or Europe. Here’s a closer look to some of them.


Thunder Black

Thunder Black is a fabric in which both warp and weft are dyed black to give the denim a deep solid black color. The Rope dye does not penetrate the core of the yarns and for this fabric, the dyeing is made to leave an extra large white core. The uneven spun yarns and the large white core bring out the characteristic structure of the fabric and offer a high contrast color range from deep black to pale white when worn in.

  • 14oz
  • Made In Japan
  • Rope-dye
  • 100% Cotton
  • Narrow Loom Red Selvage
  • 3by1 Twill Construction
  • Featured in our bottoms, and some tops

Winlock Selvedge Denim

Inspiration for this fabric comes from older ways of spinning and weaving denim where the indigo dyed warp yarns and the white weft yarns are unevenly spun. This gives the fabric an irregular character that has, in line with industrial development, been considered as a defect and are therefore uncommon nowadays.

Most denim are redcasted but this is greencasted, giving it a different look and in our mind recalling vintage denim fabric.

  • 13oz Denim
  • Made In Japan
  • 100% Cotton, Narrow Loom Selvedge
  • 3by1 Construction
  • Featured in our bottoms, and some tops

Shiroyama Selvedge 18oz

Working closely with our Japanese Mills give us access to great fabrics. The search for a heavy fabric lead us to this 18 oz selvedge fabric that is woven on narrow looms at a slower speed than normal and with a low tension.

The white weft is heavier than the indigo warp yarn. This gives the denim a rougher, uneven, robust vintage look. The cotton is harvested in USA and spun and dyed in Japan.

  • 18 oz Denim
  • Made in Japan
  • Red Selvedge 3 by 1 Construction
  • Rope Dyed
  • Featured in our bottoms

Poncho fabric

Inspired by the changing weather of the desert—the cool nights and hot days.

The Poncho will protect you from the sun in the daytime and help you keep warm during the night.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Made exclusively by Nihon Menpu for Indigofera
  • Narrow loom, selvedge fabric
  • 40% wool 60% cotton.
  • Leather trims
  • Cut and sewn in Sweden
  • Featured in our poncho

Dawson Flannel Fabric

A snap button heavy flannel shirt with corduroy lining in neck and cuffs. A fabric that gives a richer texture and shadow plaid effect.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Made exclusively by Nihon Menpu for Indigofera
  • Narrow loom, red selvedge fabric.
  • 100% cotton
  • 2by2 twill construction
  • Cut and sewn in Portugal
  • Always Indigo or sulfur dyed, so it will fade with age.
  • Featured on our Dawson Flannel Shirt

No9, Nihon Menpu Japan Selvedge 14 Oz

The idea behind this fabric was to create a dark indigo fabric that would fade nicely and give high and low white and indigo contrast.

Heavy Indigo dipped warp, and a very tight 3by1 construction.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Made exclusively by Nihon Menpu for Indigofera
  • Narrow loom, red selvedge fabric.
  • 100% cotton
  • 3by1 twill construction
  • Cut and sewn in Portugal
  • 14 oz
  • Featured in our bottoms, and some tops

No2, Nihon Menpu Japan Selvedge 16 Oz, Shrink-to-prima-fit

The fit and shape of a loom-state fabric is hard to beat. We embrace the process of shrinking it down to your personal fit and size.

Raw denim made shrink to fit. All denim was like this in the beginning, before jeans were sanforized or pre-washed.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Made by Nihon Menpu for Indigofera
  • Narrow loom, red selvedge fabric.
  • 100% cotton
  • 3by1 twill construction
  • Cut and sewn in Portugal
  • 16 oz
  • Loom State, Shrink to prima fit. 10% shrinkage.
  • Featured in our bottoms, and in some exclusive tops, like limited Fargo

3by1 Heavy Flannel, Japan Selvedge Nihon Menpu

When we started Indigofera, we set out to do the best flannel shirt fabric possible. That’s why we chose the 3by1 construction to make it dense and sturdy. This fabric has been used in our Norris shirts since the beginning. New colorways each season.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Made exclusively by Nihon Menpu for Indigofera
  • Narrow loom, red selvedge fabric.
  • 100% cotton
  • 3by1 twill construction
  • Cut and sewn in Portugal
  • Always Indigo or sulfur dyed, so it will fade with age.
  • This fabric is used in our Norris flannel shirts

Gunpowder Denim, Japan Selvedge 14 Oz

We wanted to have a black fabric that could behave like an indigo fabric in the way indigo would fade and look after wearing. That’s why we created the Gunpowder fabric.

If Indigo is Technicolor, the Gunpowder fabric is like black and white photo, full of contrast and life. The rope dye does not penetrate the core of the warp that allows the white to come out in the same way as it does with Indigo dyed fabrics.

Sharing some of the same ingredients as real gunpowder, hence the name and the scent of the fabric.

  • Fabric Made in japan.
  • Narrow loom, red selvedge denim fabric.
  • 100% cotton
  • 3by1 twill construction
  • Cut and sewn in Portugal
  • 14 Oz
  • Rope-dye
  • Featured in our bottoms and some tops, like Copeland, Parsons Lodge Jacket, and more