It's been over a year since we first obtain funding through Kickstarter. Many things we have learned and develop based on experience from previous project, including attention to the advice of the backers. For us, Kickstarter community is an important stepping stone for our business growth. Therefore, here we are again to give you the first chance through Kickstarter something special we're working on before we release to the public.
This time, we bring Handwoven Selvedge Denim as main denim fabrics for your jeans. We also still presenting the concept of Made-To-Measure where the jeans will be made after you determine the size and detail you want. In general, these jeans are very unique because it starts from material to finished jeans are all made from scratch by our in Indonesia. With traditional method that are environmentally friendly, vintage machine that produces the best construction jeans plus detail jeans which you can choose will make these jeans unique and suit your character
Graham Point - Handwoven Selvedge Denim Feature
1. Handwoven Denim : Denim is made using traditional hand woven methods by master artisans who will produce the unique character of denim that are not owned by denim made by industrial machinery.
2. Friendly Environment : Dyed waste management is done using traditional methods at reasonable costs while remaining environmentally friendly.
3. Vintage Machine : Jeans will be made with vintage machine that will produce jeans with best construction and also durable.
4. Made To Measure : Jeans will be made based on the size of your body so that the final product can be used immediately without the need to be repaired as most jeans are bought in stores
5. Custom Detail & Embroidery : You can choose jeans detail yourself such as the choice of denim fabrics, thread color, combinations of thread colors, patch selection and you can even add your custom embroidery that looks unique and has no equal.
6. Personalization : Jeans will be equipped with a serial number and your name as the owner's identity.
7. Wholesale Price : Through the Kickstarter method, allows us to bring handwoven jeans at wholesale prices.
8. Free Worlwide Shipping : The price you pay already includes postage to worldwide
9. One On One Jeans : Each handwoven jeans you buy, we'll create a jeans for underprivileged kids as our social responsibility to the environment.
Before we talk more about the details of the jeans, you can read testimonials from some previous backers who have received the jeans from us.
Other comments can be found in the previous project or click the testimonials above.
As Seen On Media
The following is the article about Graham point in Heddels.Com , the most comprehensive online resources for quality clothing and accessories surrounding raw denim, http://bit.ly/GPonHeddels
1. The Fabrics (Making Process)
Lumintu is a home industry which produces selvedge fabrics using traditional methods combined with appropriate method and based on the theory of textiles. Established since 2012 in Pekalongan which is known as a city that manufacturer of Indonesian handicraft items relating to textiles. Lumintu intends to establish a special production of quality fabrics using traditional handloom.
Indonesia's handwoven fabric endangered condition because of unfair competition commited by the perpetrators themselves. Lowering the quality willing to do in order to get a cheap price to increase the amount of production and seize a larger market. Lumintu intends to start the passion of traditional handloom that shine is much dimmed by means of promoting innovation which is based on creativity and quality of the product.
We at Graham Point see that potential. As a brand that stands and grown in the same land, Indonesia, we are called to collaborate. We want to be an important part in helping to realize the Lumintu vision and also preserve the richness of Indonesian culture.
Just like Graham Point, Lumintu currently filled by young people full of passion. It is intended for the regeneration of weavers in the future. Not just two or three years but 10 or 20 years into the future. Fabrics produced by traditional handloom will be in demand and needed again. We believe that the handwoven fabrics from Indonesia will be victorious again.
Here are the steps to be followed in the process of making handwoven fabrics :
These days, environmental pollution can undoubtedly be regarded as one of the main problems in developed and developing countries. This is due, not just to one, but to a number of factors, such as the misuse of natural resources, inefficient legislation and a lack of environmental awareness.
The dyeing process is one of the key factors of textile products. Our dyeing activity produce colored wastewater with a high organic load, which can contribute enormously to the environmental pollution of surface water and treatment plants if not properly treated before disposal into the water resources. As our responsibility to the environment, consciously we treat dyeing waste before releasing into the environment
We use filtration membranes, separation and biological methods with relatively cheap cost, £0.5 per jeans.
Dyeing waste will go into Organic House. Organic House contain straw (NPK), coconut fibers (KCL), banana tree trunk and cow dung. This is a place where microbes (T.E.R.B) growth, which will decompose waste. Through organic house will form a natural filter system that can process the waste to 40 % cleaner.
Sedimentation will form on the top and bottom of the tub. The middle part will be sucked to get into the drum filter.
Dyeing waste then go to 3 drum filter. Drum filters contain straw, fibers, zeolite and river stone. This filter uses alum as a purifier. 1 drums were filled with 100 liters of water plus 0.5 kilos alum (liquid alum and left overnight). Drum filter aims to reduce sediment.
Dyeing waste will be channeled to the filtration pond. At the top there is a banana tree trunks and durian skin. The filter consists of ziolit stones, pumice stone, fibers, sand and charcoal. There is also a pond without filter, function only to delayed time. In addition there are sand filters that function as well as a growing medium. The upper part of the compost supplemented with cow dung. The lower part is water that becomes fertilizer to water the plants.
For the environment around us, what we do with this dyeing waste has not been done by similar businesses . So we hope, even though we do is still modest and far from ideal, but could be an inspiration and followed by others
2. Denim Choices
There are two sets of strands in denim; warp and weft. Warp is the top layer, typically blue, black, or gray. This is the color of the denim you see when they are worn. The weft is the under layer, and in most cases it is white. In some cases though, the weft will be a different color to add some uniqueness to them. As the color on the warp fades, the color of that cotton will start be be more visible. What also happens though, is that the weft becomes more visible.
As a start, we provide 2 choices of denim fabrics with different characters . Each has its own uniqueness
- JAVA (Slub Inside) - Java uses indigo blue warp yarn and weft using white yarn with slub texture on certain parts. Java looks like jeans are generally colored indigo blue, but when reversed you will find slub texture on the back. Especially when fading starts to happen, Java will be very unique and show it's character.
- BALI (Blue x Blue.) - Bali using the same warp and weft, indigo blue. Blue x Blue is currently being favored everywhere. Bali also would generate a unique fading.
- ACEH (Black x Black.) - Stretch Goals #1 UNLOCKED
More fabrics are available through Stretch Goal
3. Vintage Machine
Graham Point jeans construction formed using vintage machines are well-known quality and strength. Some of the machines used by Graham Point are :
All those vintage machines will produce jeans with construction as follows :
- Continuous Fly
- Reinforced Front Pockets
- Hidden Rivets (Reinforced Back Pockets)
- Peek-a-boo Coin Pocket Selvedge Detail
- Full Chainstitch. Hemmed on the Union Special
- Chainstitch Run-Off
- Tucked Belt Loop
- Veg Tan Leather Patch
- Your Name Embroidery Inside Pocket Lining as Personalization
- Batik Pocket Lining
- Exposed Selvedge on Coin Pocket
- Exposed Selvedge on Back Pocket
- Double Coin Pocket
- Thread Combination (Max. 2 colors)
- Custom Arcuate
- Custom Embroidery
- Custom Patch
- Buckle Chinh
- Pocket Comb
4. Pemium Construction - Continous Fly
Continous Fly first used in 1875. Because the fly piece itself does not have seams (held by cotton threads) that can rip it is considered to be stronger. Continous Fly is a characteristic that can be categorized as a premium jeans. There is nothing better in providing an explanation of the continous fly besides Mohsin Sajid, founder Endrime Jeans. You can read it in the following article http://mohsinsajid.blogspot.co.id/2012/06/continuous-fly-by-david-neustadter.html
We apply continuous fly not because they want to be considered a premium jeans but more on strength. In addition, continuous fly very unique because it can expose selvedge in a different way. Premium jeans is a bonus.
5. The Fits
For those of you who do not want to mess around with measuring pants and was quite satisfied with the measures based on international size chart , we provide two fit types, regular fit and slim fit.
Here is a guide to the size chart and a few photos that represent each fit
6. Custom Measurement
Of course custom measurement can be done if you want a size that is adapted to the shape of your body. Waist circumference, thigh, knee, leg and inseam can be filled by the time the campaign ended through a survey that will be sent to you. At the time of the survey, we will also send you guidance on how to measure in order to facilitate you and also help us easier to produce your jeans.
7. Custom Embroidery
Of course if you wish, you can add custom embroidery so that your jeans more unique and suitable to your identity. Standard embroidery approximately measuring 50 cm square with a choice of thread colors unlimited (notes: the more colors of yarn is needed, the less detail embroidery produced). Two or three color combinations is that we recommend.
8. Custom Arcuate
9. Custom Button & Rivet
Here is the button and rivet alternatives which you can choose :
10. Custom Thread
We also provide several colors of yarn that you can choose. Here are the options :
If you want a combination of thread colors can give a note when filling out the survey.
11. Batik Pocket Lining
Graham Point produced in Indonesia, known as the country's most highly developed art forms, batik. Batik has also become one of our pride as well as the identity of the wealth and cultural heritage that we have in Indonesia. Likewise with Graham Point. Compared to embed the phrase "Made In Indonesia", we prefer to show batik on your jeans pocket lining.
This motif named Truntum, is one of the oldest batik motif. Truntum is a flower name. Truntum describes a sincere love and unconditional, eternal, and continues to grow. Dots on the motive means clear skies and starry. In addition, truntum means the expectations of parents to his son to become a man useful to society. That fhilosphy is what we trying to apply in Graham Point.
12. Custom Patch
We provide three patch design options you can choose. Patch using vegetable tan leather materials. Here is the patch that you can choose :
13. Name Embroidery
To add a personal and exclusive elements, each of our jeans will add with the serial number and owner's name as identity. Identity of the owner will be in the pocket lining inside. The identity will only be seen if the jeans are reversed.
Handwoven jeans retail will be released to the market at a price of £200 or the equivalent of $285. Some brands even sell above these prices. It is certainly reasonable considering the many components of the price that must be added .
Through Kickstarter, we had the opportunity to release handwoven jeans to individuals at wholesale prices. For us, with a minimum amount of quantity is met, just like produce for wholesale purposes. That's the beauty of the concept offered by Kickstarter. Asyfa and Lumintu also benefit us with minimum quantity much less than the book denim material through the mill. The price of £100 per jeans certainly something that is very cheap .
Of course you need only wait a rather long production process. However, we believe your wait will be comparable to the quality of the products that will be received.
To make the pledge levels simple for everyone, we've included shipping anywhere in the world in all rewards level.
This time we were more serious about social responsibility. We realize Graham Point is funded through a community, ie Kickstarter. Without the community, we will only be a producer waiting orders from other brands. Recognizing the importance of community as well as a reminder that the Graham Point born of the community, we decided to give back to the community.
So every one you buy handwoven jeans we'll create one jeans for underprivileged children as our social responsibility to the society. There are many children who live deficiency around us. Having a new pants is very rare they feel, let alone have a new pair of jeans. In this case, besides us, there will be others who feel the happiness of the support that you give to Graham Point through Kickstarter.
This is what we do as a form of social responsibility on a previous project. We set aside a portion of the funds and joined with iPhonesia, the biggest mobile photography community in Indonesia, to share the joy with 50 children from orphanages. We took them full day to visit and play in the amusement park.
Just like the previous projects, for those of you who buy more than one jeans will receive a T-shirt.
Here is the reward that you can choose :
The denim making process is the longest of the whole process. To make the first 1000 meters (300 pants) takes two months with the following details : the first month is used for the preparation (reeling, dyeing, drying, winding, warping, etc) until ready to wave. Followed by a weaving process that takes 1 month (second month). We use 10 hand loom in which each loom can only make as much as 3 meters of denim per day. Second 1000 meters to be completed in third month and so on .
As for the jeans production capacity, in one month we can produce 300 jeans where one day can only make 10 pants. The number was quite a bit because we produce made-to-measure jeans. Patterns and cutting process can not be done in bulk like jeans with a standard size. Sewing process also can not be done quickly because each pants have different details (color thread, patch, button and rivet). Also required special skills to produce customized jeans with selvedge denim material so that not all the personnel of the production team can do it.
The shipping process takes an average delivery time of 2-3 weeks of travel. Previous must be preceded by a process of finishing and packing takes 2 weeks also per 300 pants.
If the number of briefs to be produced more than 300 then the process of delivery will be made the following month in which the early backers will be obtained jeans. With a record of the early backers have been filling out surveys measure and has been through the confirmation stage .
When viewed in the whole time line will be described as follows :
We have a team that is solid and reliable with many years of experience in the field. Still with the same team as the previous project with the addition of some personnel as part of our commitment to bring quality jeans. But this time we would like to highlight three key people who will lead each team and determine the success we send the final product to you.
1. Sigit Hartanto
Sigit is a designer who understands the anatomy and body shape. Sigit and his team will deal with your private communications during the production process. Sigit will ensure that you complete the survey properly. Starting from the communication before the survey took place , confirmed the results of a survey of your content, delivered during ongoing production constraints, and send photos of your jeans. More details on Sigit can be seen on his instagram, @sigithartanto.
2. Asyfa Fuady
Asyfa is a master artisan who will lead his team in producing handwoven denim. Asyfa background is undergraduate in textiles from leading universities in Indonesia. His extended family in Pekalongan has been in the weaving with decades of experience. Even his grandfather was a master of weaving Indonesia are highly respected. Asyfa is the only master artisans in Indonesia that is capable of producing handwoven denim. Furthermore, the quality of handwoven produced is also very good. With his knowledge and experience, Asyfa can make denim with various specifications ranging from color to heavy denim that can be tailored to the needs. Some of the work can be seen on his instagram @handwovendenim.
3. Fachron Yulistianto
Denim fabrics that have been produced by Asyfa and his team will be handed over to the jeans production team led by Fachron or commonly called Iron. Just like Asyfa, Iron also has a family background who are masters in their field. His father had many years of producing jeans for both individuals as well as to meet the needs of the industry. Iron inherited the expertise of his parents and continue the family business even bring it to a higher level. Iron love to collect vintage sewing machine. Currently in their home there are 20 more collections of vintage machines are functioning well and require repair. Iron is very obsessed with jeans with vintage construction. Iron specializes in making customized selvedge jeans where it takes higher skill and accuracy than usual jeans. Iron personal profile can be viewed via his instagram @ironcladdenim .
Risks and challenges
We've also worked with our suppliers in the past, so we have a solid working relationship as we ramp up operations. One of our biggest risks is timing, as potential delays could come from our vendors, suppliers, and partners. It also includes risks from the shipping process for the final leg of the journey from our factory to your home.
We aim to minimize delays by sending out our survey to get your orders immediately after the campaign ends, and placing our orders for our materials and trims early. If we run into any issues along the way, we will make sure to keep our backers aware with updates. We're going to do our best to get your jeans to you in a prompt manner, while keeping the high quality level in making a great product that we hope you'll love.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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