A Beginners Guide To Raw Denim
We recently asked some of our Instagram followers what kind of denim was their very favorite and almost all of the answers we received included raw denim! Raw denim is one of our favorite fabrics as well and we figured that may as introduce everyone to the wonderful world of raw denim and fading. Is Raw Denim your favorite type of denim fabric as well? Let us know!
What is Raw Denim?
Raw Denim is just what it sounds like: denim fabric in the rawest form. Usually, denim gets treated with a wash after being made but raw denim is not washed or distressed at all which leaves them with their true deep color. Sometimes, it will also come as selvedge denim but this isn'talways the case. Typically, the denim will be a 100% cotton blend which can feel a bit rigid to some thanks to the weight, which can cause a little bit of discomfort to the wearer. The fabric eventually softens over time.
What Makes It so Different?
Raw Denim is special in the way that it fades. The color of the fabric will eventually fade in a way that is unique to whoever is wearing them. The wear is exactly what makes individuals so excited about this fabric. It transforms right before your eyes and molds to the wearer's body. Many people work on breaking in a pair of raw denim jeans and it becomes almost like a story of their life. Your jeans will grow with you and continue to grow until that first wash.
How Do You Care For Raw Denim?
Those who wear raw denim try their hardest to not wash it. Wear them for as long as comfortably possible before washing them. Many wait as long as 6 months to ensure that the creases and mold actually set into the fabric. After the first wash, the indigo color will fade a bit and leave behind your unique pattern of creases.
Some also decide to soak their denim instead of fully washing them. You may want to soak the denim in warm water to get rid of any loose dirt. This can also help the fading process of your raw denim jeans.