For the ultimate in breathability and comfort, wide-leg jeans are the move. Even more, if they are only 12oz and low tension woven. This new Kiraku fabric is the updated version of ONI's original Kiraku lightweight selvedge denim. Kiraku (楽), translates as "comfort" due to its 12-oz lightweight fabric. The weave tension is extremely low for this denim, combining different kinds of cotton (Peru and Pima), so it has resulted in a material which is variegated and irregular despite its relatively lightweight. Crafted using thicker yarn than its predecessor, this fabric is heavy in appearance while maintaining a deceptively breathable feel through the loose-tension weave.
Shuttle looms are manipulated to get an ultra-low tension. The result is an unusual soft fabric with a considerable amount of slub and a beautiful hue of indigo shadows due to the natural indigo rope dyeing. This fabric is unique, and only Oishi-San can create it.
This cut has an impressively roomy wide-leg and a high rise. We love the cool vintage dressed-down denim vibe consisting of heavy faded jeans with wide-leg shapes and high-slung waistlines. These aren't for those who fear a draft around their legs. But if a vintage workwear look, an off-the-beaten-path silhouette, or simply room to move appeals, we'd recommend giving these jeans a good look.
The legend of ONI is alive to this day. In recent years Oishi-San has devoted himself to experimenting with widely varying grammages, rough textures, different indigo dyeing techniques and novelty cuts while always maintaining a very limited production and wielding his experience in denim which now goes back more than 60 years.
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