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the correlation between sea-wash and its superior denim-fades promise. so much that it gratifies around the blue denim world, it came to the extent when sea-washing is a must to-do-list when you want to achieve maximum level of fades (if there’s any). so, is it really true? well, that’s why we’re here on the #oldblue101 2nd issue of debunking the myths! - this sea-wash (or ocean-wash) trend seems to pop up through the 2005-2010s era of raw denim history. it goes a long way back as a washing technique (or maybe just a long overdue prank) that was introduced by a European denim brand. after years have passed by, the sea wash is still one of the most debatable topics. we’re here to get some of the facts straight together with some of the things you might wanna know before you decide to dunk your jeans down. - some said that the sea wash will enhance your fades, well this might be true to some extent. one of the obligatory steps on the sea-washin’ process is none other than the sand-rubbing ritual. the sand rubs might help to accelerate the fades, by a logical reason, as the sand-papering & sand-blasting are the most common method for the washing factory to generate those pre-washed and distressed jeans. - the draw-backs? all that vigorous sand rubbing steps might have the potential to damage the fabric. it scraps away more indigo than the normal washing process and it makes the fabric’s surface more prone to a blow-out. do note that doing the rubbing too hard will also make your fade seems artificial and unnatural. well, if it’s not the thing we all #denimheads try to avoid. - in fact, sea washing isn’t actually a washing process. based on the previous episode, a major reason why we wash our jeans is to clean out the oil and grit that might get into the fibers and able to grate on the threads (which often leads to blowouts). sea washing is the exact opposite of that. our take is that when you really want to do a sea-wash, make sure to really wash the jeans (through hand / machine with detergent) afterwards. makin’ sure that your jeans are guck-free and that you haven’t drastically accelerated a potential blowout.