Wabash can look like quite a formal fabric, but in fact it was commonly used for work wear from the early 1800s through to the early 1900s, very often as uniforms for the massive US railroad work force.
Finding out a lot about wabash is difficult, but we believe there were two ways in which the dots were originally “applied” to the base fabric: (1) the pattern would be applied as a block print to the undyed fabric with a starch based “resist” and then dyed, the dye not adhering to the resistant pattern, or (2) the fabric was dyed and then the pattern bleached into the fabric - this was done by applying a mildly acidic solution to the cloth via copper rollers with the pattern raised from the surface of the roller, a process known as discharge printing.
We use discharge printing for our Iron Heart wabash to create a “striped” fabric where the stripes are actually rows of bleached dots.
Our Denims - our jeans, denim shirts and jackets are made from many different weights and colours of superb quality Japanese denim – most selvedge, some raw/loomstate, some sanforized and almost all exclusive to Iron Heart. We’ve tried to include all the information you might need, and if you have any difficulty with terminology or finding what you want, we are here to help.
Our Styling - Iron Heart clothing is designed to be timeless, using classic styles thoughtfully updated for the way we live today.
Our Sizing - we understand that choosing the correct size when ordering online is difficult. We aim to provide all the tools and information needed, including video measuring guides, to enable you to make an informed decision. We give specific measurements for each individual garment, and are always happy to offer further guidance if you want or need it.