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Ancient Japanese Denim for Modern Times

Diesel Okayama Project

— June 11, 2008 — Fashion
Diesel, the much-loved Italian fashion brand, has launched yet another phenomenal denim innovation. Seeking inspiration from Japan, the Okayama Project incorporates denim woven using ancient methods on sacred shuttle looms.

Since the 17th century, the town of Okayama has been a hub of textile production; even today it plays home to over 100 small denim factories, all of which are owned by families.

“It was inevitable that Diesel Denim Gallery - created in 2001 to showcase the brand's most innovative and artisanal products - would make a pilgrimage here,” a press release explains.

“The fabric is woven on traditional shuttle looms using single continuous threads, a process that delivers tighter, heavier and more durable material. It's called selvage denim because the weaving process creates a natural finish - or 'self edge' - that does not fray,” the press release details.

“In the Okayama Project, 14 oz denim has been exclusively woven for Diesel Denim Gallery and hand dyed with natural indigo: the clean, deep ocean-blue colour is another characteristic of the Okayama fabric. Devotees can choose from pure indigo or a washed version with yellow overtones. A dedicated label reads: 'Handcrafted in Okayama, Japan.'”

Sorry ladies, unlike much of Diesel's wonderful fashions, this one's just for the guys.

It would make a fabulous gift however, especially because each pair comes wrapped in a delicate rice paper bag!