A detailed look at Raw Selvedge Denim Jeans - Part 2
10th February, 2019 @ 02.17 pm
In the first part of the series, we took a detailed look at the difference between raw and selvedge denim jeans. We also discussed what makes them so special and why we are such passionate advocates of the quality of raw selvedge denim jeans. Having discussed in detail about what gives these denim jeans their elite status, we will now take a look at some more information about them.
Breaking Into Denim Jeans
Selvedge Denim fabric comes off the production line as a noticeably heavy fabric that also feels like what experts refer to as ‘hairy’. This refers to the rough and rigid texture of the jeans which is a signature attribute of denim fabric manufactured on the shuttle loom. Unlike most denim jeans that come off a mass production line, raw denim jeans are not treated with chemicals which leaves them susceptible to shrinking.
Interestingly enough this property of denim jeans is the reason behind raw denim jeans being such a coveted piece of apparel. These denim jeans give the wearer a custom fit that is unique and specific to the wearer’s body. Raw denim jeans also leave specific patterns on the jeans which are determined by the body movements of the wearer.
Breaking in brand new denim jeans is not exactly a pleasant experience considering just how much of a commitment it is. You need to wear your raw denim jeans for a prolonged period of time in specific ways, to get the patterns that you desire on them. Your body acts as a mould around which your jeans conform, to give you a bespoke fit and styling. Fades, whiskers, and distress are the key components of this personal sense of style. Once your denim jeans are broken in, a simple wash is all that is needed to preserve the looks that you see on them.
Sanforization of Denim Jeans
Sanforization is a process that is employed by denim manufacturers to prevent raw denim jeans from shrinking. But once denim jeans that are crafted from raw denim are sanforized, they are no longer considered to be raw denim jeans anymore. Sanforization is basically a process where denim jeans are steamed and stretched followed by a proprietary chemical treatment technique that eliminates most of the shrinkage before the fabric is crafted together into a pair of jeans. Sanforized denim jeans that are made from fabric manufactured on a shuttle loom will give you the feel of a well broken in pair of raw denim jeans but will always fall short in terms of looks.
Washing Denim Jeans
The subject of washing denim jeans has been a great topic of debate among denim enthusiasts. It is a hotly contested topic that doesn't seem to have conclusive inferences. On one side you have the group of people who recommend never washing raw selvedge denim jeans since this would completely stop the process of feeding and formation of patterns on the trousers. On the other side, you have the group with enough proof to show that not washing denim jeans can ruin the fabric.
As manufacturers of premium raw selvedge denim jeans, we highly recommend spending at least six months with your raw denim jeans before you wash them. The best way to wash your denim jeans is to set them down in a tub of warm water. This will cause them to become soft while retaining all the custom patterns that are on it are retained.
Check out our collection of raw selvedge denim jeans today and get a load of life with selvedge denim jeans, first hand.