Remarkable World of Denim Part 2 March 29 2016, 0 Comments
Treated & Deconstructed Denim
Of course we have all rolled our eyes to some of the prices that are being asked
for on a pair of treated denim. Some well over $200. Well perhaps I can shed some
light as to why.
Jeans are thrown into a wash with special soap that helps break down the fabric
and contrasts the blue and white yarns.
Spinning the jeans in an industrial washer filled with pumice stones, creates
abrasions, specifically on the pockets and hem edges.
They are rinsed in cold water to eliminate soap and residue.
Placed in a water extractor.
At this time jeans are slightly stiff yet moldable, where at this point jeans
can be deliberately creased.
Once desired creases are created they are placed in a large big bag and
heated to 170 degrees. The heat 'cures' the resin, then transferred into
330 degree oven for 15 minutes to 'cure' further.
Jeans are placed on mannequins to begin sanding and creating local
The jeans are dipped in chlorine to make the sanded edges 'pop'
Yet again the jeans are washed to neutralize chemicals and clean residue.
Finally if desired the jeans would go through one more process of
browning and aging detail, which is accomplished with a torch.
The entire process washing,stoning,curing,and desired levels of
abrasions takes about six hours.