What Exactly Is Raw Denim?

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A jean's rigidity is one of those differentiating factors that separate denim die-hards from the rest. Of course, almost nothing can beat a great pair of raw denim jeans for those who live for the stiff and structured look. But there are several distinctions in raw denim that make it entirely unique from other styles crafted from 100% cotton. 


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Raw denim is denim that is unwashed in garment form,It has a clean look and a dark indigo color. All denim starts as raw denim. Technically speaking, once it hits water, it is no longer considered raw.

During the raw denim "wash" process known as "blooming,” different treatments such as hand sanding, laser technology, sponge potassium, and ozone bring out the natural qualities of the fabric that raw denim's dark exterior otherwise hides.

There are different types of raw denim too. "Selvedge denim, the original raw denim, is woven on vintage shuttle looms with a woven edge, Levi"s selvedge is traditionally woven with a redline, and the straight edge helps to give the famous anti-fit look.” This type of raw denim is known to shrink after washing since it’s never touched water. So, expect a pair to go down one to two sizes.

There is also sanforized or pre-shrunk raw denim, which is finished at the denim mill to create a fit similar to other denim. During this process, raw denim becomes exposed to water or steam, which means the "raw" classification is technically compromised. However, it’s a standard process for streamlining the fit of raw denim and with way less water use.


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Raw denim is denim that is unwashed in garment form,It has a clean look and a dark indigo color. All denim starts as raw denim. Technically speaking, once it hits water, it is no longer considered raw.

During the raw denim "wash" process known as "blooming,” different treatments such as hand sanding, laser technology, sponge potassium, and ozone bring out the natural qualities of the fabric that raw denim's dark exterior otherwise hides.

There are different types of raw denim too. "Selvedge denim, the original raw denim, is woven on vintage shuttle looms with a woven edge, Levi"s selvedge is traditionally woven with a redline, and the straight edge helps to give the famous anti-fit look.” This type of raw denim is known to shrink after washing since it’s never touched water. So, expect a pair to go down one to two sizes.

There is also sanforized or pre-shrunk raw denim, which is finished at the denim mill to create a fit similar to other denim. During this process, raw denim becomes exposed to water or steam, which means the "raw" classification is technically compromised. However, it’s a standard process for streamlining the fit of raw denim and with way less water use.