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The Ever Stylish And Versatile Black Denim


Black denim

As you may know, traditional classic denim is a cotton twill and an interlacement of a colored warp thread and an unpainted weft yarn. The main or most popular color, of course, is the dark blue indigo color. However, in any tradition, there are always variations and denim is no exception. Jeans made out of black denim are not as common and widespread as jeans of indigo color, but if you like black denim, then you will happy to know that many Japanese manufacturers produce black denim models.

History

If you go a little deeper into the story, you will find that black jeans began to appear in the 50's. More precisely, after the film with Elvis Presley "Jailhouse Rock" in 1956. Elvis was wearing black jeans, stylized as a prisoner.

The movie was black-and-white, and so the brand Levi’s decided to produce a collection of black jeans to please the fans of the movie. After that, black denim eventually became more common.

Production

Technically the black color is obtained by using sulfides in the dye. The very same coloring technology is similar to the staining of yarns with the classic indigo dye. The rope dying thread passes several cycles of staining and drying, the only difference being that it results in not the color of indigo, but the black color.

Types of black denim

Yes, there are variations of black denim. We will describe some of its forms below.

Black warp / white weft

The most common is also a classic, which is the option in which the cotton twill has a black-colored warp thread and an unpainted purl weft thread. Thus, from the front side, we can observe inclusions of the unpainted purl strands.

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Over time, this denim will acquire a fading similar to that of indigo denim. The difference is that the fades will have grey color and will become lighter in the future.

This is how Flat Head 4001 and 4002 will look after some time:

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Let's take look at some examples with similar denim:

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A classic and very recognizable 710 model from Samurai Jeans with a warp thread, painted in black. Here we use 17OZ denim with a rather heterogeneous slab-texture. Samurai often uses rigid strongly twisted filaments made of cotton with short fiber. Therefore, the dye does not penetrate deeply and such jeans fade much more quickly.

 

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Another popular model is the Samurai Jeans, 5000 also released in 17OZ black denim. The denim itself is completely identical to that used by the S710BK. Here, the difference lies only in the fit. The S5000BK is a straight regular fit with a low rise.

 

STUDIO D'ARTISAN D1727 66 MODEL BLACK JEANS

These Jeans are from the patriarchs of Japanese denim, the company Studio D'Artisan. Here, the details and nuances of jeans from the 60s are quite interesting, but this time in the original black color. Against the background of black denim, black rivets and bolts look very impressive- even the cardboard patch is made in black.

 

THE FLAT HEAD 4002 13.5OZ BLACK DENIM PANTS SLIM STRAIGHT

Flat Head is characterized by a very deep staining of the filament with multiple cycles of coloring/drying. Thanks to this, the fade on such jeans will be slow enough, but with a lot of contrast.

 

FOB FACTORY F1138 STRETCH TAPERED SLIM SELVEDGE 12.5OZ (BLACK/USED) FOB FACTORY F1138 STRETCH TAPERED SLIM SELVEDGE 12.5OZ (BLACK/USED)

Relatively simple and inexpensive jeans. Here, black denim with elastic additives is used to improve the fit of the figure. In addition, there is post-processing, simulating intense fading.

 

W&W BY DENIMIO W&W-RS01 HYPER STRETCH BLACK DENIM (ZIP FLY) W&W BY DENIMIO W&W-RS01 HYPER STRETCH BLACK DENIM (ZIP FLY)

Here we have simple inexpensive base jeans with the addition of elastane. Warp thread is painted black, the stitches are stitched with an olive color thread.

 

Black warp / black weft


In this type of denim, the duck cloth and the warp thread are colored in black. The denim has a completely strict black color. Again, even in this case, Japanese manufacturers paint the threads themselves in a "rope way", which in the end, gives a deeper color. (Some mass-market manufacturers simplify the procedure and color the fabric itself, not the thread. This is a cheaper and less quality option).

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Jeans with the color black/black look very impressive in their fresh, unworn state. Many denimheads try to keep the original color of this denim as long as possible. Because the thread is dyed deeply, fades will develop in the area of seams, along with the contours of pockets, etc.  However, the fade are manifested in black/black jeans.

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Now let's see some examples:

TANUKI BKUT1 15OZ BLACK SELVEDGE DENIM URBAN TAPERED TANUKI BKUT1 15OZ BLACK SELVEDGE DENIM URBAN TAPERED

These are excellent narrow cut jeans. Here we use denim of medium density 15OZ from Texas cotton. As already mentioned above, the warp yarn and weft thread are colored with the help of sulphides in deep black color. The red and white Tanuki symbols on the black background stand out impressively with no help at all.

 

KOJIMA GENES RNB1188S 13OZ BLACK KEVLAR SLIM JEANS KOJIMA GENES RNB1188S 13OZ BLACK KEVLAR SLIM JEANS

Quite an interesting example of relatively inexpensive jeans are the Kojima Genes. These jeans are sewn from 13OZ denim with threads colored in black. Non selvedge denim is used here, and if you look closely, we see the processed seams. At the same time, this denim is supposed to be quite strong because in the filaments there is Kevlar used.

 

BURGUS PLUS 770-99 LOT.770 BLACK X BLACK DENIM (BLACK)

A classic for Burgus Plus model 770 this time in black/black denim. Black threads of duck cloth and warp, black lines- only the embroidered symbol of the brand on the back pocket is contrasted.

 

BIG JOHN M107F-61D SKINNY (61D)

Laconic simple jeans from Big John in thick black color

 

JAPAN BLUE JB0716BK 14OZ BLACK X BLACK TIGHT STRAIGHT SELVEDGE

Another pair of budget jeans of a completely black denim with black lines, made from a mixture of American and Australian cotton.

 

MOMOTARO JEANS B0705SP 15.7OZ "GOING TO BATTLE" BLACK DENIM TIGHT STRAIGHT

Momotaro spouts this classic direct narrrow jeans with its original going-to-battle flag in the form of two white stripes in the back pocket.

 

Indigo warp / black weft

Perhaps this is the most unusual type of denim, in which black threads are used. The warp thread is painted in the classic dark blue indigo color, while weft is black. This kind of denim is exquisite in both new and worn stages of life. During fading process, we will see a gradual transformation of black color with an interspersing of indigo color. 

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The fade of such jeans will represent a gradual change in the color of indigo with impregnations of a black hue.

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And now here are some examples:

FULL COUNT 1894 14OZ NARROW STRAIGHT INDIGO X BLACK

Very original jeans from Full Count. The fit is made on the basis of the well-known FC 1109. Here, the same soft Zimbabwe cotton is used. The warp thread here is colored in classic indigo color, whereas the weft thread, usually left uncolored, is colored with sulphides in black cet. There is a effect of "indigo protruding from the shadows." Simply put, a very impressive and unusual fade.

 

MOMOTARO JEANS 0702 TIGHT STRAIGHT 15.7OZ DEEP INDIGO X BLACK SELVEDGE
MOMOTARO JEANS 0702SP 15.7OZ GTB TIGHT STRAIGHT INDIGO X BLACK

0702 - This is an effective modern model with a narrow style. Here, too, a soft Zimbabwean cotton is used. The weft thread from the wrong side is dyed in a thick black color, and the warp thread, which we see from the outside, is dyed in an equally saturated thick indigo color.

 

MOMOTARO JEANS 0202SP INDIGO X BLACK 15.7OZ SELVEDGE SLIM FIT STRAIGHT

Straight jeans from indigo/black denim. On the back pocket, the "Momotaro combat flag" stands out in contrast.

 

MOMOTARO JEANS 0202 INDIGO X BLACK 15.7OZ SELVEDGE SLIM FIT STRAIGHT

Version 0202 without a flag in the back pocket

 

How to take care of black denim

Of course, everything here is highly individual and depends on the needs of each person. If you want to preserve the original black color of denim as long as possible, do not resort to washing in very hot water, as this will wash out the dye to a greater extent. Probably a good temperature regime will be 40-50 degrees. If you use the washing machine, you should exclude the spin mode in order to avoid ugly creases, which will be difficult to get rid of later on. It is also recommended to wash your jeans using the delicate mode and dry it yourself outdoors. Perhaps the best option would be conventional hand washing in warm (non-hot) water as needed. Keep in mind that with black color, dust and dirt are very noticeable (especially with Black/black color)- thus regular cleaning are obligatory to maintain a good appearance. In conclusion, it should be said that even though jeans are first and foremost denim indigo, black jeans still maintain their special charm and charisma. To dilute your denim collection with something new, keep in thought that it is worth keeping at least one pair of out-of-the-world black denim jeans in your wardrobe ;).

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