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Personalize your denim- with fades!


One of the most notable features of jeans from raw denim is its personality and the ability to "beautifully age,"- to lose color, and to fade as well. Your everyday activities, lifestyle, habits...etc, all of this will be displayed on your pair of jeans that you constantly wear.

As the denimheads-enthusiasts say - jeans begin to fade  (that is, to fade, shed, discolor). This effect is most pronounced after washing the jeans,  provided that the wearer has been actively wearing the jeans for a long time.

Different denim can exhibit fades in different ways. Some jeans can lose color slowly enough, but the transition of indigo shades from the undeveloped areas of denim to the rubbed areas will be very contrasting. Some jeans on the contrary, show fade more gently with a less contrasting transition. Different types of cotton can also be differently rubbed. Long-fibered, soft, fluffy cotton gives an untwisted thread, with the dye penetrating deeper into it, while cotton with a short fiber gives a stiffer, tightly twisted thread and indigo stains only on the uppermost layer of thread. In the first case, the fade will not manifest immediately, but in the second case it will be visible already from the first time. There are a lot of nuances and differences here, greatly distinguishing the Japanese denim from everything else.

Most people often want to experiment with different types of denim, just to be able to feel all its features.

The different types and variants of fading that will develop on your jeans is exactly what we will be discussing today. Let's look at the main types of fading that happen on jeans.


These are characteristic scrapes in the form of peculiar "whiskers" in the places of creases stretching from the upper part of the thigh to the crotch (inguinal seam). During the movement, this part of the jeans is constantly making "friction force", therefore whiskers are the very first kind of fading that one could see on jeans. During the day we take a lot of steps, sit down, get up, etc. all this is inevitably displayed on our jeans.














Whiskers for about a year Skull 5010xx 6 × 6

Pocket Fade

It is rubbed on the front and back pockets. Such depreciation manifests itself too quickly, as during the day a wallet, a mobile phone and other things are quite often taken out of pockets. Inveterate smokers often hold a cigarette lighter in a small coin pocket. There is also a characteristic imprint.














Example of fading from lighters on coin pocket у Samurai Jeans S5000VX, worn more than a year
















Fade from the wallet Samurai Jeans S710XX














Fade from a phone on the jeans Pure Blue Japan



Wipes under the knee bends from behind, really something resemble beehive honeycombs. This kind of fading is very much dependent on mobile activity- the more active a person walks, the more honeycombs will appear. On more narrow jeans, fading is more visible.














Highlighted honeycombs in Oni denim 517XX


Train Tracks

This kind of fading manifests itself in an outward (external seam) and is a bit like a railway track. It is not very common and does not manifest itself on all jeans. In addition, it takes a considerable amount of time for the outer seam on the train tracks to be stuck in contrast. To a large extent, this detail is more noticeable when a leg twist appears on jeans (as the shrinkage is reduced, the thread is shortened and the leg slightly twists in the direction of weaving denim).













Example of train tracks on the left Studio D’Artisan 101 on the right Samurai S0500XX


Rubbed on the bottom of the trousers. They will appear in those jeans lovers who leave the length of the leg with a margin, but do not make a gate, but on the contrary - it forms a kind of "accordion" with folds below. This is most typical for jeans with a narrow slim cut. Those worn in this way can be slightly stitched from the side of the inner seam, as the legs can rub against each other, but this "denimhum" hardly stops it.














Strongly expressed stacks on jeans The Strike Gold


These are the characteristic attrition along the very bottom edge of the leg (leg opening). Sewing machines of the old Union Special model form a rather narrow edge when sewing the leg with a chain stitch. In addition, the machine itself forms the hem of the material and slightly "wrinkles" it, causing the edge of the leg to take on the appearance of a kind of "denim rope". At first this nuance is almost invisible, but as the wear of jeans grows, it manifests itself more and more.

As already mentioned above, indigo is a "living" dye. The more often and more intensively you will wear your jeans, the more individual and pronounced fading you will get on your favorite pair of jeans!