How is Denim Made and What are its Origins?

Winter is here and many of us are eager to update our winter wardrobe – with warm merino wool knitwear and ETO denim jeans from EJ Menswear, we don’t really give too much thought to the fabrics that are everyday to us.

Denim has been around for over 100 years and is as popular now as it ever was – here is a brief guide to how denim is produced…

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Denim is popular as it is a strong and durable fabric. It is both favourable as a fashion item and for working due to how hardwearing it is. It is made using a twill weave, which makes the diagonal pattern – this is the secret to the fabrics strength and what sets it apart from others.

Although blue jeans are synonymous with the cowboys of the wild west and that is certainly where it gained a lot of popularity, it was actually first created in France! During the gold rush in America in the 19th Century, Levi Strauss opened up a shop in San Francisco – and this is how the blue jeans became such a popular item of clothing in America.

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The fabric is made from cotton, which is harvested and dyed, making them a classic denim blue colour. The fabric is then made on a loom, which can either be a shuttle loom or a projectile loom. A shuttle loom creates a more sturdy edge, whereas a projectile creates a more delicate edge that needs to be stitched up.

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