Metamorphosis II

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Kapital Century Denim 7S 1.5 Years 1

Change marks the passage of time; from one state to another. The transition of dark to light, to dark again. I have been on the move, and as always interested in trying some new things. Lately I have been intrigued in the workings behind kakishibu and the other tannin dyes used in Japan. In the previous Metamorphosis post I showed the early stages of the transition of a few items.

These Kapital Century Denim Sarouel pants have passed their 1.5 year milestone. After the second coating of kakishibu more character in the denim has appeared. Whiskering has flourished behind the knees, and the thighs. A lot of the color change is due to heavy wear but also routine washing. They are also ready for a few minor repairs.

Kapital Century Denim 7S 1.5 Years 4

Silver Rivet
Silver Rivet
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Gold Rivet

Jack Knife Barn Jacket Black

Remember that Jack/Knife Barn Jacket we coated in kakishibu? Well, we had one more that we wanted to dye black. The combination of persimmon tannin and wood vinegar created a brownish-black. The unevenness of they dye is not the result of a chemical wash, or bleaching. It is actually the natural result of the dyes. I love this imperfectness, not because it looks worn or faded, but because it is the natural result. I am hoping with a little time and wear, the brown will seep through the black.

Jack Knife Barn Jacket Black 1 Jack Knife Barn Jacket Black 3

 

This Tezomeya Tee has faded so beautifully. Regular careful washing and drying inside out has helped preserve most of the iron wood vinegar black. The persimmon brown base color has slowly seeped through and given the knit fabric a deep complicated texture. This constant transformation of the color is what I enjoy most about these naturally dyed products.

Metamorphosis II Tezomeya Tee 1 Metamorphosis II Tezomeya Tee 2

2 thoughts on “Metamorphosis II

  1. These pieces are beautiful. I too have been obsessing over the lovely aging properties of kakishibu lately. I’ve had my eyes on Kapital’s Century Denim for a while now and I am sure that they will be my next jeans purchase. You seem to be one of the only resources for documenting the evolution of Century Denim aside from Kapial’s website. Your detailed photos and descriptions are much appreciated.

    Can you give a little more detail on the process of applying a kakishibu coating? I’ve seen one Youtube video of the a kakishibu “paste” being applied using a paint brush but it fails explain how to prepare the paste. Can you shed any light on this?

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