Cool, Stretchy, Comfy
Steteco - Inspired by Traditional Japanese Pants -
Steteco pants originally came from traditional Japanese-style clothes. It has been developed since those days when there was no air conditioner in the typically hot and humid summer of Japan, and it is uniquely evolved as a stretchable and breathable product that suits the hot and humid summer season. Steteco pants were adjusted to modern life and became much more versatile now. Steteco pants would be your favorite comfortable items as casual wear, activewear, or sleepwear from hanging out to working from home!
Old meets New
Steteco pants were invented in the Meiji era (1868 to 1912) to wear under a kimono or hakama. Even after European-style clothes became mainstream, Steteco was adjusted as casual home wear during the hot summer season in Japan. The design of steteco pants was based on traditional Japanese patterns and colors. The lightweight and dry-touch pants have been beloved for a long time in Japan and developed to match many types of clothes by adjusting to modern life.
Steteco pants are made of Takashima Chijimi, which uses sustainable natural materials produced in the Takashima town in Japan. The Chijimi fabric uses the local cotton plants grown with care in the region near Lake Biwa, which is the biggest lake in Japan. With an abundant natural water source in the production area, they produce the fabric by using the local water, which comes from the underground water and the river that flows into Lake Biwa. Also, the cool and dry steteco was very useful and practical in those days when people didn't have an air conditioner. That's the reason why we think it is very earth-friendly. Use naturally breathable material with less use of air conditioning and be comfortable even in the hot summer!
Chijimi is a textile that uses strongly twisted threads to create an uneven drawstring and provides a comfortable and adjustable fit.
Takashima Chijimi is very unique because it uses threads twisted more than twice the common cotton threads, and it creates an uneven surface called "Shibo" by utilizing the untwisting force of wefts. With this particular type of weaving method, the fabric has an uneven surface, it creates less area to touch the skin and does not stick to your skin. By the nature of the fabric, it stretches really well and dries quickly. A highly experienced skill is required to create the Chijimi textile!
The airy, smooth, and lightweight fabric is perfect for hot summer relaxation! A wide elastic waistband with a drawstring provides a comfortable and adjustable fit. There are many different types of patterns and colors that fit your style. Pair with any tops for your favorite look!
It is super lightweight and stretchable, you will almost forget you are wearing it. Steteco pants are easy ways to simplify your life. You can use it as casual wear for working from home. Also as very comfortable and stylish pants to wear for taking your dog for a walk or for shopping at the neighborhood grocery store. Or as simple and easy homewear for pleasant weekends or relaxing pajamas for a better night's sleep. You will be amazed at the versatility of Steteco!
Shop our summer collection of comfy Steteco pants! Keep you cool and dry all day!