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DREAM WEAVERS: Finding Salvation Through Selvedge

Posted by United Stock Dry Goods on

 

by Rhonda Riche

What are denim devotees talking about when they reveal their preference for selvedge jeans? Selvedge or selvage denim (the former is the UK spelling, the latter American) is a self-finished, or edged, so that the fabric won't unravel.

When denim work wear first came into fashion in the 1800s. weavers used narrow shuttle looms (about a yard wide) where threads were not cut to prevent fraying. The result is often a red or orange, tightly bound edge that is seen when the jeans are cuffed. 

Selvedge is more than a style statement, it’s also about quality. Selvedge tends to have a tighter, denser weave than non-selvedge, making it sturdier than other kinds of denim. There also a bit of swagger involved as fans favour the unique variations on the fabric’s surface created by using old-fashioned looming technique.

FACT: While most selvedge denim tends to be raw there is no actual connection between the two terms.


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