Kapital's Century Denim is one of their signature fabrics- a completely proprietary Sashiko topstitched denim available in a variety of unique patterns and dye combinations. Sashiko (literally "little stabs") is a form of stitching that was initially utilized functionally to repair or reinforce damaged fabric, eventually growing popular for decorative purposes as well.
The specific weaving process to create this denim is one of Kapital's trade secrets, but we do know that it's produced in a single pass, with the fabric being made on one loom (rather than several). Woven with 100% cotton yarns, it's stiffer than other denim fabrics of comparable weight thanks to the topstitching, requiring a bit more wear before fully breaking in. Though it is sanforized (essentially, treated for shrinkage), it comes raw and unwashed, and will shrink very slightly, between 1-3% overall after washing the first time.
The Century Denim 1st Jacket is a classic Type-1 with all the correct details - pleated front, a single flap-closure chest pocket, buckle back with large gussets, and custom metal hardware with rivet reinforcements. It's got a stellar fit, with a slightly cropped body and relaxed chest that pairs spectacularly with medium and high rise jeans.
The No. 9S Century Denim is an almost black on almost black sulfur dyed denim with deep brown mud-dyed topstitching. The mud dye is of particular interest here, as the technique used on these is only practiced in Amami Oshina by expert artisans, and nowhere else in the world. Yarns are first hank dyed in a natural Yeddo Hawthorne bark tannins and lime (the chemical not the fruit), dyeing them brown, before being taken and immersed in a local mud pit and then rinsed in a nearby stream, imparting color from mud-based iron and charcoal into the fabric.
Fits true to size. Wash cold and hang dry.
- 100% cotton
- Proprietary Century Denim No. 9S fabric
- Hawthorne bark and mud based natural dyes
- Sulfur dyed denim base
- Sashiko topstitching
- Custom hardware
- Single chest pocket
- Relaxed fit
- Buckle back
- May bleed dye onto other garments
- Wash cold, hang dry
- True to size
- Custom woven labels
- Made in Japan