Indigo leather patch

It is definitely rare to spot indigo leather patch on premium denim jeans. Here are some outstanding one found on internet. They are made for die-hard indigo fans like me. Do you like anyone above? I rank my fav Eternal first, follow by Dry Bones for their intricate dyeing design.

eternal 888 denim diary: parkour & blood

Eternal 888 parkour scratches

I only share this photo here. My wife will not be please to see it. I actually cut my shin few weeks ago. Thanks to my Eternal 888 for that layer of protection though 🙂

eternal 888 denim diary: stair climbing exercise

Moving forward in my stair climbing training in jeans in 2017. I’ve been using the long step ( 3 steps per stride) for the past 3 months. Beginning was tough but after a month it’s much easier. It’s amazing one can reached the top so much faster than escalator! You have to try it to believe it. So I’ve been taking lesser ride on escalator. This exercise works harder for my honeycombs and whiskers and great for my legs muscles. My Eternal 888 is 1 year 6 months old /Worn 5 days/week/1 soak 2 wash. Eternal 888 regular cutting is a perfect fit for this kind exercise. Hope I can inspire you.

Toxic jeans. Made in China.

Found this shocking news and I must share it to all denimheads and those who love jeans. Does China care? I doubt so. But you can do something about it. Stop buying jeans that are Made in China.
Now my respect to Japanese denim culture deepen further 🙂
Jeans, bras and underwear are every-day clothing items that we take for granted – but they are far from harmless. Greenpeace went behind the scenes to two major towns of jeans and bra manufacturing, and discovered widespread pollution.

Wastewater discharge from a denim washing factory in Xintang, Guangdong province.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Greenpeace has released a report examining two textile industry towns in Guangdong province. This behind-the-scenes look at how our clothing is produced may make you think twice before queueing up for Christmas sales.

From April to October, we visited Xintang, the “Jeans Capital of the World,” and Gurao, a manufacturing town 80% of whose economy is devoted to bras, underwear, and other clothing articles.

Blue jeans are much dirtier than you might ever guess. That cool distressed denim wash is the result of a several chemical-intensive washes. Fabric printing and dyeing involves such heavy metals as cadmium, lead and mercury – not stuff that you want to be getting near your bare skin!

Greenpeace testing found five heavy metals (cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, and copper) in 17 out of 21 water and sediment samples taken from throughout Xintang and Gurao. In one samples, cadmium exceeded China’s national limits by 128 times!

Below is a visual tour of Xintang and Gurao.

Xintang

A jeans stall in Xintang

Xintang is famous as the “Jeans Capital of the World” – it produces over 260 million pairs of jeans a year, equivalent to 60% of China’s total jeans production, and 40% of the jeans sold in the US each year.

Factories large and small fill the streets of Xintang, as well as family workshops housed in makeshift sheds. Everywhere people are busy making and processing jeans by hand – in the markets, in the commercial areas, and even in villages and in front of houses. Women, the elderly and children often do some simple thread-cutting jobs to supplement the family income.

Xintang’s jeans and apparel business began in the eighties, and in the last thirty years its output has rocketed. Its economy revolves around the complete production chain of jeans: from spinning, dyeing and weaving, to cutting, printing, washing, sewing and bleaching.

Yet villagers we met complained about the printing and dyeing factories’ wastewater discharge into the local river, which flows into the Pearl River Delta.  “Everyone says that people who work in dyeing and washing have reproductive and fertility problems. My cousin once worked in a dyeing plant. He died of pleurisy,” said Lin Zhixin, a migrant worker from Sichuan who works in jeans sewing.

In this satellite image, the smaller river flows from Xintang into the Dong River, which eventually leads to the Pearl River Delta.

This boy is working with his parents at a small jeans workshop in Dadun Village in Xintang. He earns 0.15 yuan for snipping loose thread ends off one pair of jeans; in one day he can do about 200 pairs.

Workers at a jeans factory must search through wastewater every morning to scoop out the stones, which are washed with the fabric in industrial washing machines to make stonewash denim.

Article extracted from Greenpeace.

Signs of my aging Eternal 883

Eternal 883 ripped leather patch 2Eternal 883 back pocket left stitch faying Eternal 883 back pocket left faying

Fraying and ripping are everywhere. This is my beloved old friend Eternal 883. Looks like I have to repair some areas soon which I’m strongly against it. Let me research denim repairing work. 3 years 9 months. 1 soak 9 washes. Size 31/34. Made in Kojima/Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan. Deep rope dye 24 times.

These photos are taken using Canon EOS 6000D, Canon 50mm lens.

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