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GETTING TECHNICAL // WHAT IS SELVEDGE DENIM?

Posted on September 14 2017


selvedge denim comes from the term "self-edge", which refers to how this particular type of denim has a woven strip on both edges of its fabric roll. this means that the edge of selvedge denim has a clean finish, and since it will not unravel, the edge of the fabric can be used as the garment’s outseam.

selvedge denim can only be woven on vintage, narrow-width shuttle looms, which is made with a single length of cotton and produces a clean edge with no fringe. this artisanal small-batch production process is slower and less cost effective than the use of modernized looms, however this just speaks to the commitment to quality from the mills producing selvedge denim.  this traditional denim weaving technique creates a tighter and denser weave, which results in a stronger, more durable fabric.


garments made with this type of denim are made to last for years, and as firm believers in the slow fashion movement, we here at esby resonate with this sentiment. our finch indigo denim pant is made with raw, selvedge denim from cone mills out of greensboro, north carolina, one of the only american producers still able to produce this quality of denim.

through the use of these vintage looms, natural nuances in the fabric are created that then become enhanced as the jeans age. every pair of raw selvedge denim jeans starts off as a blank slate; perfectly unblemished and uniform in color. but with time and wear, every pair develops a one-of-a-kind fade that emerges as the denim shapes itself around the wearer. owning a pair of jeans made from selvedge denim is a very personal experience, resulting in a timeless piece that is uniquely yours.


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