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What’s so special about “Raw Denim”?

Raw denim is a denim fabric that is not washed after being dyed during its production.

What Is Raw Denim?

Also known as “dry denim” for its hard texture, according to Wikipedia, raw denim is “a denim fabric that is not washed after being dyed during its production”.

Raw denim is denim that has been unwashed, untreated, and virtually untouched to the extent that it remains in its pure form.

There are a few pointers we at Rokotov & Fainberg give to our customers to make sure they get the best out of their investment.

  • First, good quality Selvedge is not the cheapest but will reward you with years of wear whilst giving you a pair of jeans that you have lived with through every scuff and wear mark which tells a story about you and your lifestyle.
  • Second to get the best out of your SELVEDGE JEANS requires some dedication and will power not to succumb to the temptation to wash them to early.
RAW DENIM "Kaihara" 12oz

RAW DENIM “Kaihara” 12oz

 

Rokotov & Fainberg #88 Kaihara Raw selvedge denim 12oz. Left: BEFORE / Right: AFTER “6 month”

Rokotov & Fainberg #88 Kaihara Raw selvedge denim 12oz.
Left: BEFORE / Right: AFTER “6 month”

Despite raw denim jeans varying between manufacturers, aesthetically speaking there are some features shared – including the rigid, crisp look and feel; industrial, clean design; and sturdy construction.
Material: Raw denim jeans are typically (but not always) produced with 100% cotton and can be sourced from a number of countries. Some folks will argue that a particular country has the “best” cotton (in terms of durability, resulting denim fades, and worn feel) and some of the most popular sources include U.S.A., Zimbabwe, and Japan.

Weight: Ever notice how some raw denim feels really thick (and heavy) while others are much thinner (and lighter)? That’s precisely what is referred to as the denim weight – or, technically speaking, how much a yard of raw denim fabric weighs in ounces (oz.).
Putting aside the manufacturing process, the heavier the denim, the more rigid the garment (also due to starching) and more resistent it will be to abrade.

  • 12oz and Less: Considered light raw denim; some producers include Rokotov & Fainberg.
  • 12oz. – 16oz: Considered mid-range weight and most common; some producers include Rokotov & Fainberg.
  • 16oz. and Up: Considered heavier; some producers include Rokotov & Fainberg.
Rokotov & Fainberg #88 Kaihara Raw selvedge denim 12oz. Left: ORIGINAL RAW / Right: AFTER “6 month”

Rokotov & Fainberg #88 Kaihara Raw selvedge denim 12oz.
Left: ORIGINAL RAW / Right: AFTER “6 month”

Stay RAW !!!

 

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