Any denim really deserves a proper welcome. This fabric has been keeping us covered from the waist down (and up) since the dawn of the dinosaurs. So why does our denim come from Japan and not the midwest you may ask? History 101.
France. Why does every fashion lesson begin with France?
Denim was born in Nîmes, France under the name of Serge de Nîmes (later shortened to ‘denim’ by anglophones). As you’ve probably got a hunch, denim was used by workers for it’s durability so they could get good wear for tear out of a pair of jeans before they needed to replace them.
Freedom and Gold for All!
Que the gold rush of America – in the 1800s miners had a demand for durable work wear. Naturally denim was introduced as the worker’s uniform and its traction began to grow. Later during the early to mid 1900s America did what America does best and made denim famous through the silver screen. From workers to cowboys to rebellious teens – denim was catching the attention of larger markets which led to an increase in brands offering the fabric.
Fast forward to currently day – our travels led us to Japan where it was revealed that denim is truly perfected. Historically the Japanese have long been known for their fastidious attention to detail, and making denim is no exception. Infusing traditional methods with the latest cutting edge technology means they produce fabrics that denim connoisseurs rate top notch.
We Take the Long Way Round
Our fabric is ring spun which takes 5 times longer to make than other options. This means the fibres are thinned and spun into tightly twisted yarn that is stronger, softer and far superior to other denim yarns. Ya, we said it.
The yarn that makes up our Japanese Denim is then rope dyed (which is also a time consuming process but we’d do anything to do right by denim). Rope dyeing means that the yarn is twisted together (like a rope) and dipped into natural indigo dyes again and again. This old-school method creates a stronger, deeper and vibrant indigo shades.
Dependable ol’ Blue
After the ring spinning and rope dyeing, you’re left with denim that are individually cut and sewn into the denim you know and love – those beloved pair of blues that you can always count on.fabrics / by Grana / 03.11.16