Japan, considered to be the leading producers of Selvedge denim, no longer imitate Western countries’ crafts. They developed their own, as they are great innovators in the fashion industry. Japanese denim is famous for its explicit craft and the proficiency needed to create one.
To better understand the explicitness of Japan’s Denim, having a glimpse of how it is done is the first step to it. Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in twill weaving. It is a firm type of cloth that produces a subtle diagonal ribbing pattern. Most denim made today utilizes synthetic dye, which is cheaper than premium denim that uses natural dye–one of the important feature of quality denim.
Secondly is the type of denim cloth it was made from, And so the term “Selvage” comes in. A tighter, denser weave with a signature red stripe on it. This type is more expensive, making it even more refined as it requires specific skills for weaving it in old looms.
“Selvage or selvedge, from the phrase “self-edge”, refers to the natural end of a roll of fabric that prevents unravelling of the material when made into a pair of jeans.”Cardiner, R.
As Toyoda Automatic Loom Works enters the industry, the innovations improved their Selvage production to a 20-fold increase--an impressive and significant development in denim creation. As the years went through, and so did the development of automating denim production happened–making it possible for Japan’s denim production to perfect its methods.
Many would ridicule the concept of spending thousands of dollars on a pair of jeans. But, denim enthusiasts find the digits wise considering the years of tradition, training, craft, and skill involved in conceiving each exquisite pair.
“Japan’s obsession in recreating the American jeans they crazed over led Japanese denim manufacturers to become the world’s best in terms of knowledge and production. ”Cardiner, R.