There was the new big event in Amsterdam between 13 and 18th April, it’s called “Amsterdam Denim Days” at Westerpark in Amsterdam.
Yesterday and today (17th & 18th April) were “Blueprint Programme”, it was open for public, and I wanted to see the event, because of 2 reasons.
1. I wanted to see the influence of Japanese denims from Okayama. For denim lovers, Okayama is known as high quality denim place, I’ve heard from several times that Dutch people mentioned the name “Okayama”.
2. There were interesting workshop of Indigo dying and “Sashiko”. I know that indigo dying workshops are popular, but Sashiko was a surprise. JCE is actually planning to organize Sashiko workshop, so I wanted to see how they do it and how is the people’s reaction.
3. The Regional Community College of Amsterdam (ROCvA) has started the world’s first denim education “The Jean School” in 2012. In this event, “The Jean School” was exhibited, and I wanted to see the students of the school and development.
“The Jean School” was really nice, there were many students working with sewing machines. I spoke to one of the students, and she said that they can study all about denims and jeans in the school, from dying and weaving to designing and patterns and producing, everything! All the students looked so happy and proud what they’re learning.
There was the exhibition of old & unique denim cloths. In there I found an old Japanese indigo working jackets! It’s interesting to see Dutch denim lovers really appreciate this Japanese worker’s cloth.
There was a Japanese guy also having booth and selling vintage denim items. His products are very unique to Dutch audiences, he was very popular.
There were the indigo dying and “Sashiko” workshops. They said that the workshops are fully booked. Both workshop leaders were Dutch ladies, they went to Japan and studied the techniques. Now in Amsterdam, they are giving workshops and producing products. The workshops were very simple, but it gave the idea of working with hands in short time.
There was the market, many denim shops could sell their products. It was such a nice Saturday with beautiful weather, and many cool looking people with jeans in Westerpark today!