Have you noticed how the colour of your jeans changes as you wear and wash them? It’s called ‘fading’—and it’s because of how denim is dyed that it happens.
The global success story of jeans is well known. But what about their continuously changing blue colour, which has persistently fascinated us humans for such a long time?
Heritage Post’s Mathias Lösel asks and answers that question in issue no. 21 of the German cult magazine for rugged men’s culture.
It’s through denim that I became acquainted with indigo—something that has become a hobby of mine in its own right. Many denimheads dream of making their own jeans, including making the fabric. It’s through this interest that I got acquainted with indigo as a dye, and fell in love with the Japanese technique of shibori.
In this third episode in the series about how denim is made, you’ll learn about natural and synthetic indigo, and the differences between rope dyeing and slasher dyeing.