Inspired by the multifold drapes of the Indian dhoti, this is an edgier version designed for modern asymmetry. Worn with character, the expressive side slinging pocket and versatile wrap fit are easily styled for a beach day out or evening tipples. Our signature unisex style.
Model wears Matter Size 1. 175cm.
Wrap around the waist or hip for a snug final fit. Elegant and effortless, the gentle folds from the side pocket are balanced with side darts to give a skimming effect.
100% light weight cotton. Soft and breathable. Colour and weaving variations may occur, part of the charm of handloomed fabrics.
Changes in colour and structure with exposure to natural surroundings, washing or wearing may occur.
Wash separately in first few washes to prevent colour runs. After that, machine wash with similar colours. For best results, handwash cold or use delicate machine wash. Do not tumble dry. Line dry inside-out. Cool iron inside-out.
It took me a while to take the plunge for this pair of pants, given other reviews that raised issues of the short sash and other design problems. But when they finally arrived after a month at Indonesia's customs, I excitedly put them on and found that all those issues were right; there was a weird crease at the hip across from the pocket; the sash was short on one end and long on the other.
But here's the thing, as I tried the pants with various tops from my wardrobe, I started to find a groove to tying the sash easily in a comfy, cute knot. The more time I spent wearing the pants and checking them out in the mirror, I realised that the weird crease actually did balance out the oh-so-fun pocket on the other side. All these "design flaws" were really the unique quirks of a lovingly thought out piece.
That said, I did realise that some seams where the pocket meets the pants were already looking rather wide after just one night of wear. I will be very delicate with washing these and am keeping my fingers crossed that they don't rip.
Initially wanted to return my pants but the high cost of shipping changed my mind. Instead I’m having a seamstress fix the odd pattern cut. In example, the hip area on my left hip (opposite of the “pocket”), dips out, creating an odd pointed piece rather than skimming my hip and leg. I suspect it’s because they used the pattern from the pocket side and attempted to “cut around” the pocket rather than drawing a new pattern for the left side. The concept and design of the pant are beautiful but the craftsmanship isn’t great.
The trousers fit me perfectly, I love the colour and the fabric is super comfortable and exactly what I was looking for; however, the ties are not long enough to tie round to the front so I can only tie at the back or side and the side sling pocket just looks really weird. I ultimately decided to keep them because I like the ethics of the company and to support local artisans but for USD129 they're a pretty expensive purchase that I am going to have to try and make alterations to.
Love both my sideswept dhoti & monpe! Being in between 8-10 (and veering on the larger side of that range), I was worried about sizing initially, but size 1 for both styles fit perfectly with room to grow that's cleverly hidden! Material is of high quality and I can see it lasting for a very long time - definitely a piece that will age gracefully with its wearer. Styles of both pieces can also be dressed up or down, making it very versatile for both work & play. Might be a tricky travel piece unless you're willing to factor ironing into your travel plans. Love this no end!
I own six pairs of sideswept dhoti and one pair of lounge lunghi - I think that shows how great the sideswept dhoti is. It is perfect especially if your weight fluctuates as the waist is adjustable, and flatters boyish figures as it flares in the hips and gives the illusion of a smaller waist. Also, the customer service from May Ee is exceptional (thanks for answering my questions and facilitating exchanges!). What's great is also that besides supporting a local company (yay!), Matter has led me to question the clothes I buy (watch The True Cost documentary on the fashion industry) and I now check if what I'm eyeing is sustainable/ethical. However, I'm dropping one star from this review as the chambray version of the sideswept dhoti has been erratic in sizing for me. I'm a size 1 in all my Matter pants, but have to size up to the 2 in both chambray versions I own as it fits narrower in the calves and I have thick calves. Hope that helps other buyers!