This Documentary Shows Us How the Best Japanese Denim Is Made

What is the future of these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past?

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When it comes to authentic reproductions of denim, no country does it better than Japan. Weaving Shibusa is the story of Japanese artisans dedicated to their love and craftsmanship with denim. The documentary gives us unprecedented access to the industry in Japan told through the vintage denim experts themselves, the “Osaka 5.” The esteemed artisans have sourced many of the original shuttle looms that help craft denim in the traditional way making “Japanese Denim” synonymous with the highest quality possible. Weaving Shibusa, directed by Devin Leisher, takes viewers to some of the most acclaimed denim spots around the country and interviews the denim aficionados behind them. From Kobayashi-San at The Flat Head in Nagano to Haraki-San of Iron Heart in Kojima and everything inbetween. Get more details on the filming process with Leisher here. Weaving Shibusa will premiere on August 6 at the famed Castro Theatre in San Francisco with the help of famed denim house Self Edge. Tickets for the premiere of the film are available online here through Self Edge.

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