Patched jeans & Krishna t-shirt

Glen’s mother taught him to sew. He was the only one interested out of her three children. Glen sewed all the patches on the jeans himself - breaking a few needles in the process as he pulled things around a bit in the narrow knee part of the leg. "Some of the fabric is old Indian cloth and other patches are old material from home and around – anything with a pattern." The jeans are Amco. "I only wore Amco for about 20 years. They have always had their factory down Rosebank Road and are still in the Harbourside Biz Park off Rosebank Road." Glen worked on the Hare Krishna stand at the Cook Street Market in about 1973. "They used to import and sell all kinds of things – sand candles, embroidered Indian shirts, incense and other things. I was always hanging out and around Cook Street – either selling or buying or going to the Christmas parties." He also used to work at the Sun Shop on Queen Street where he thinks the Krishna t-shirts were printed. Read more about 1970s fashion in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication The Age of Aquarius: A 70s Revolution in Fashion

Details

Credit: Loan courtesy of Glen Wilkin Holland
Designer: Unknown
Garment type: T-shirt, jeans
Material: Denim, cotton, various assorted
Features: Patches appliquéd onto faded and torn jeans
Colour: Blue, white, coloured patches
Label: Amco jeans
Date: 1970s