Elhaus x NoKipple 01 – World’s First Heavyweight Handwoven Raw Jean

Elhaus X NoKipple 01 Handwoven Jeans

Elhaus X NoKipple 01 Handwoven Jeans (source: halloffade.com)

With so many brands and stores focusing on their own niches, it’s become pretty common to see collaborations among brands where they combine their specialities and create unique products that showcase what each brand does best. This time Elhaus, a denim brand using some unique fabrics that we featured a few months back, has partnered with a relatively new retailer, NoKipple, to create a prototype jean.

Despite serving as the collaboration’s first iteration, it already features some details that we haven’t seen before from any other brands. The Elhaus X NoKipple 01 is not yet sold in stores but the good folks at Hall of Fade recently got their lucky hands on a pair.

At first glance, the denim has a slightly different look with it’s more cobalt blue color rather than the darker standard indigo look that is fairly common. Up close, however, the denim really starts to distinguishes itself.

The fabric, which is provided by Elhaus, is a handwoven, 20 oz, synthetically dyed denim. It’s extremely rare to find any brands utilizing a handwoven fabric due to it being incredibly labor intensive and slow to produce. To provide some perspective on exactly how much work goes into handwoven denim, it takes a whole day to produce 1.5 yards of fabric while automated machines can produce hundreds of yards in the same time.

The payoff for using this slower process is that it gives the fabric a much more textured feel while remaining soft and instead of a uniform blue color, there are several shades of blue throughout the jean.

Gradients of blue

Gradients of blue

The rest of the jean boasts the same level of details with its copper rivets, nickel free buttons, chainstitched interior and hems, and great looking batik pocket bags. The sample looks like it is a straight fit but adjustments are still being made for the final production version. To get more of the nitty gritty details about the jean, visit Hall of Fade‘s full review.

While a price has not been announced yet, Elhaus and NoKipple have assured that they will be much lower than a pair of Momotaro Gold Label handwoven jeans which is priced around $2000.00 USD. Make sure to keep an eye for when these will hit retail stores as this may be one of the few chances to buy a handwoven jean.

Details

  • Name: Elhaus X NoKipple 01
  • Weight: 20 Oz.
  • Denim: Handwoven, sanforized, synthetically dyed red-line selvedge denim
  • Other details:
    • Copper rivets
    • ‘Elhaus” Nickel free buttons
    • Lightweight batik pocket bags
    • Double chainstitch interior and hem
    • Larger rear pockets
    • Unbleached cotton selvedge line
    • Straight cut
  • Available at: Not yet available. Check NoKipple and Elhaus for updates

Photos (source: halloffade.com)

Copper rivets and nickel free buttons

Copper rivets and nickel free buttons

Selvedge line and batik pocket bags

Selvedge line and batik pocket bags

Fit Photos

Front and back fit picture of the Elhaus X NoKipple 01

Young Lee

Young Lee

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  • Jun

    I wonder if any westerners here know what batik fabric is…

    • Devan Prithipaul

      I love all things Indonesian, and Batik fabric is a fabric that is made by applying wax to the parts that you dont want dyed. wax resist.

      • Grandier

        for the record, there are 2 kind of batik nowadays, the traditional one which method is the one you mentioned earlier, and the printed ones using some sort of printer to as a quicker output of mass production (albeit lesser quality than the former)

        by the looks of it, i would guess this jeans’ pocket fabric uses the latter method although the fabric weight is still unknown for now

        • Devan Prithipaul

          But what you mentioned isnt really batik, its just printed fabric right? Are they even allowed to call that batik, because if it’s just printed fabric that uses a batik design, thats very disappointing.

          • kendall

            what jeans do you own

          • Devan Prithipaul

            i have some oni denim, naked and famous denim, momotaro denim, samurai denim, kamikaze attack denim.

          • BillygoatsGruff312

            Fit pics?! (jk)

          • Devan Prithipaul

            Lol last time I got hated on for sharing this, but my fades were posted on the Naked and Famous page, It’s the kamikaze attack ones.

          • BillygoatsGruff312

            I cant find them.

          • Devan Prithipaul

            sorry, naked and famous facebook page. they are also on my facebook page.

          • anonymous

            cool story bro

          • anonymous

            sure, of course bro

          • Devan Prithipaul

            I’m not lying…I dont have that many jeans, just 6-7.

          • Grandier

            well the term batik in indonesia has been generally associated as the ‘pattern’, not the fabric. i think the fabric is just a normal natural coloured cotton fabric that people hand-drawn the batik pattern on (which technically is still a printing process in a way, just manually done).

            i think the pocket is nicely made and still does its job, and most certainly compliments well to the denim.

          • DefeatedandGifted

            There are three basic types of batik: batik tulis, in which the wax is applied (“written”) by hand, batik cap, in which a stamp pattern is dipped in wax and applied, and printed batik. While the first is the traditional form and is very time-consuming to produce, the second is also quite labour-intensive. The pockets look like batik cap to me.

        • anonymous

          by printer you’ll mean stamped batik

          • Grandier

            uhhh….i’m not sure how exactly they produce it. even if it’s stamped using some sort of….stamp, it’s still printed =p i wasn’t sure how to explain it before, but i guess we’re on the same page here.

  • Devan Prithipaul

    Very cool! This is an excellent example of denim being done differently. Very cool concept but it sounds very expensive, depending on the price it could be worthwhile checking these out. Maybe an update on these would be nice.

  • Worn Out London

    This looks very cool! Would love to wear out one of these ;)

  • Megatron1505

    The jeans are awesome, the fabric is so nice in real life, and I can promise that the price will be significantly lower than $2000 ;-)

    • Devan Prithipaul

      Do you have an approximate idea of the price?

      • Megatron1505

        Pricing is still being worked out, but expect them to be competitive with other high end denim brands.

  • Megatron1505

    Also, the pocket fabric is not printed.

  • kennydoggyu

    Indonesia FTW!

  • Johnson Benjamin

    Really like those pocket bags. Of course the denim looks great too.