**sold** This one-of-a-kind jacket is based on the traditional French worker's jacket known as "bleu de travail". The hemp and cotton fabric is repurposed from a vintage or antique French bed sheet purchased in the markets of Provence.
The bottom front pockets feature beautifully worn hand embroidery from what was originally a kitchen mantel, window, or shelf trim. The woman of the house is waiting for the man of the house to return with a rabbit.
The wearer's front right features the original hand sewn centre seam of the bed sheet. The loom used to weave the fabric was a meter wide, so hand-stitching was used to join two lengths of fabric together to create a wide enough length of fabric. The hand sewn seam reflects slight irregularities associated with hand sewing.
The hem of the jacket uses the original hand stitched hem of the bed sheet.
Fabrics that are not new linen are listed as vintage or antique as it is difficult to date fabrics and, when sourcing fabric, my focus is on its tactile nature and its reflection of a history of use and/or workmanship.
When I identify fabric content as linen or hemp or a blend I am doing this based on considerable experience and not scientific tests.