The most popular denim finishes
In the world of denim there are a large number of different ways to embellish jeans, endless finishes that offer great possibilities to the fabric. At Captain Denim we have different techniques to find a certain wear, wash and, ultimately, finish of the garment. Many of these techniques are carried out manually, making each pant a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Thus, the most used techniques in the sector are:
- Stone washing or stonewashing: it's exactly what it sounds like, that is, the pants are put into our -industrial- washing machines together with pumice stone pebbles. It is a technique of color loss by abrasion since with movement, the stone wears down the fabric and gives it a heterogeneous finish. It is a technique that, little by little, is becoming obsolete due to the appearance of new processes that achieve the same finish more efficiently. An example of this type of wash might be the Petty Vintage Limited Edition .
- Sanding: with this technique we achieve that areas such as the knees or the butt appear clearer, with greater luminosity. To do this, lightly rub the area with fine sandpaper until the desired finish is achieved. This grinding can also be done with an industrial sandblasting machine or with power tools. Look at the thigh area of the Ice Blue Flamingo , it is slightly lighter than the rest.
- Brushing or brushing: this is another technique by abrasion but, in this case, wire brushes are used, which rotate at high speed to give a vintage touch to jeans. Also, blow drying is faster than sanding. An example may be the Hardy Big Blue .
- Laser: to make the wear on the denim fabric we also use the laser. Specifically, an eco-efficient laser, which hardly uses energy, does not waste water and does not generate waste. The laser burns the upper layer of tissue, quickly and efficiently engraving the desired shape or effect on it. For example, you can take a look at the Dutronc Mid Blue , specifically, we do the mustaches with lasers.
In general, these techniques complement each other, so in most cases we combine them to obtain the desired finish. Union make force!