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A GUIDE TO SELVEDGE DENIM
16 MARCH, 2015

A GUIDE TO SELVEDGE DENIM

RAW OR SELVEDGE, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
A common misunderstanding when it comes to selvedge is that raw denim equals selvedge denim and vice versa. This is not the case. Raw denim is denim in its original state: unwashed, untreated and unprocessed which is how all denim starts off, selvedge or non-selvedge. Once the denim has been washed, it is no longer raw. Selvedge refers to the edge and raw refers to a lack of pre-washing of the fabric.

SO, WHAT IS SELVEDGE?
Selvedge (also known as selvage) is a term derived from the words "self-edge" which refers to the finished edges of fabric that run down either side. The edge of selvedge denim has a clean finish; it will not unravel and is actually used as the out seam of the garment. If you flip a pair at the cuff, you'll see a narrow white band of fabric punctuated by a red stitched line flanking the main leg seam. That's the selvedge, which is traditionally red but can be whatever colour a brand selects. A non-selvedge jean will need a merrow stitch on the edge to keep it from unravelling.

THE TECHNICAL BIT, HOW IS SELVEDGE MADE?
Selvedge denim is woven on shuttle-looms, which use a continuous thread that goes back and forth in the weaving process, ultimately creating a closed-off, non-fraying edge. To maximize usage, companies would use denim all the way to the self-edge, hiding the edges in the sewing process.
The traditional shuttle-looms, dating back to the 1950's, produced three metres of 75-centimetre-wide selvedge denim per hour. This low speed produces far less stress on the yarn making the hand of the denim softer and the fabric more durable and in turn making the denim more expensive. Modern looms, however, are ten times faster with computers controlling much of the process allowing selvedge denim to become more affordable.

IS IT BETTER QUALITY?
As selvedge denim has regained popularity over the last decade, the term has become associated with premium jeans. The use of selvedge denim and the presence of a selvedge out seam should not be seen as a stamp of quality, just as its absence should not be seen as low quality. The cotton and the dyeing process used for selvedge are not necessarily any different from those used for non-selvedge. In question of comfort, non-selvedge may offer somewhat more flexibility in fabric. However, selvedge denim is undeniably more desirable and here at Duel Denim we offer a range of high quality selvedge jeans in various different fits. To find out more, please click the link below.

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