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A lot of men these days will buy a selvedge jean, but most of them don’t actually know what it is. The word selvedge itself comes from self-edge. The old style shuttle looms, in which the denim is made, weave it with one continuous thread that is passed back and forth down the length of the fabric. This creates a sealed self edge on the denim, stopping it from fraying. A selvedge jean will have an edge like the one pictured above inside the seam.
Japanese Selvedge Denim is the finest and rarest denim on the market today. This is due to the rise in popularity in denim in the 1950’s the American’s sold most of their shuttle looms in favour of cheaper, more industrial modern, projectile looms. The fabric these modern looms made however was much lighter and less durable.
True Selvedge is dyed using indigo on loop dying machines, which like the looms are also very rare. Some brands will dye a pair of jeans up to 30 times to achieve a greater colour. It’s the great amount of care gone into the manufacture of Selvedge Denim that makes it far superior to any other kind of Denim.
There is a way to look after and care for your new Selvedge Denim. When you first get your jeans take them home and get into a shower with them on. This will help the jeans find their natural form to your shape and will help slow down indigo loss. We recommend wearing your jeans for at least six months before you first wash them and in between each wash, this will allow for the natural wear process which will make your jeans unique to you. Some people will choose never to wash their jeans but it is entirely up to you of course. After washing them leave them to dry naturally and do not iron them.
Check out our selvedge denim jeans from Edwin and Money. Remember look after your jeans and they’ll look after you!
By K. Stebbings