Kapital - Century Denim No.3・S・A
浅葱色 - Asagi-iro in Japanese means a pale green-blue color of a chive. It is mentioned in history texts as far back as the Heian period. In textile terms it refers to a light indigo color. Asagi-iro was not considered a fashionable color in Japanese textile history. Faded indigo was a sign of being poor or unable to afford the luxury of having your kimono reduced ever few years. Despite this the official color of the Imperial Guard (Shinsen-gumi) was asagi, they were not regarded much for their fashion...
Its tough to say what color most closely resembles Asagi-iro. If we’re refering to fabrics I’d say a pale Ceurlean blue is a close match. Cerulean comes from the latin word “caeruleus” meaning dark-blue/green
Pantone cerulean is a good close natural hue of blue and it’s tagged as #15-4020 TPX. Crayola’s #1DACD6 is also very close to Asagi-iro although I feel it’s a bit green. Cerulean blue comes from cobalt blue which is made from sintering cobalt oxide with alumina at 1200 C
In textile history it would be the color result of faded indigo on cotton. Most closely associated with the blue-collar working-class. Like Japan closely associated with lower income and not in high regard in terms of fashion history.
“The Cool of Un-cool”
Asagi is not a cool color but that won’t deter anyone. The light blue color “feels“ light and cool for summer. A really easy and practical color to style with, without having to wear distressed denim. The sashiko adds a visual sturdiness to the fabric and the Asagi color looks cool and comfortable.
The thing that most closely resembles this color denim is sometsuke or blue-white porcelain. There’s that exotic and yet clean, elegant feel to this denim. Much like the porcelain.
Comparison of 7S and 3SA