Main characteristics of denim
Denim has many characteristics, for which designers, clothing manufacturers and final consumers are choosing this fabric more than ever.
One of the main characteristics of the indigo denim is that the warp threads are the only ones dyed, while the weft threads remain on their plain white color, that makes the blue jeans look blue at the outside and white on the inside, that is what create the denim’s fading look, a unique characteristic, compared to any other type of textiles.
Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a clothing manufacturing company knows that “denim is a fabric with very important characteristics, it last for a longer time, the fabric is easier to handle, the colors stay longer and the cost is very affordable”.
Denim’s name derives from French, serge de Nemis. In the past, it was colored blue with an indigo dye, used to make jeans blue, but they were made with a lighter fabric made of cotton. The first denim trousers were manufactured in Genoa, Italy and it was first used in the United States at the middle of the 19th century.
The raw denim is the opposite of the washed denim, it consists of a dry denim that has not been washed after the dye process during its production.
Denim color on a finished garment will eventually fade off on the most stressed parts, such as upper thighs, behind the knees and the ankles on a pair of jeans.
The dry denim has different weights, which are measured in ounces, the 12 or less Oz. are considered as light denim, from 12 to 16 Oz are mid-weight ones and over 16 Oz. are known as heavy weight denim.
Raw denim usually comes from Zimbabwe, Japan and the United States, the dry denim is made of a 100% cotton composition.
“Many articles are now done with denim, mainly because there are many compositions and colors that makes it easier to create many different items”, added Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, about this fabric.