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This documentary about Japanese denim looks absolutely beautiful

Think of "Weaving Shibusa" as "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" for denim.
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No one does denim better than the Japanese.

Despite being an American icon and a fabric that traces its lineage back to France, denim was only truly perfected in the land of the rising sun. In the 1970s, American selvedge shuttle looms found their way to textile mills and manufacturers in Osaka and Okayama. Since then, the Japanese have mastered the creation of selvedge denim, cultivating it into an art form. Today, theirs is widely acknowledged as the best denim in the world.

The Japanese have mastered the creation of selvedge denim, cultivating it into an art form. Today, theirs is widely acknowledged as the best denim in the world.

Weaving Shibusa tells that story of craftsmanship, dedication, and passion. The film lets us in on the industry through the eyes of the few remaining masters of vintage denim in Japan: the Osaka Five—Studio D'Artisan, Evisu, Fullcount, Warehouse, and Denime—five pioneering denim labels and passionate innovators whose work has made Japanese denim synonymous with immaculate quality. The film explores the materials, machinery, and the techniques involved in creating the best denim in the world; but also more importantly, the people behind the process, and a future for these garments that are so deeply rooted in the past.

Denim enthusiasts rejoice because the film, which premiered in San Francisco last August and has since only been screened in New York and London, is finally showing in Metro Manila.

Denim enthusiasts rejoice because the film, which premiered in San Francisco last August and has since only been screened in New York and London, is finally showing in Metro Manila. The boys over at menswear boutique Signet—who have already done much for local denim culture by bringing in brands like Fullcount, The Flat Head, TCB, and Iron Heart—are the exclusive partners of Weaving Shibusa in the Philippines, along with Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen. They're screening the film on November 19, Saturday, 8:00PM at Cinema 3 of Central Square Cinemas at Bonifacio High Street. Drop by their boutique at Shangri-la at The Fort for tickets.

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