Denim Glossary

Need to Know Your essential A to Z of all the terminology in the weird and wonderful world of quality denim design and manufacture. 11MW and 13MWZ 11MW and 13...
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Zip Fly

The zipper was invented in 1893 and perfected in 1913. Originally it was called the hookless fastener. After sanforization of denim fabrics became institutional...
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A long, continuous length of spun fibres. Used for the production of fabric through the process of weaving. Source: Nouvelle de Nîmes Nº 5: The Denim Dictionar...
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The name of the model jeans made by Levi’s before 1890, when they introduced the name 501, meaning ‘Double Extra Heavy’. However, the XX symbols have been prese...
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Worn-In Denim

Denim that has a faded and worn look to it, because of intensive, frequent wear or by means of artificial treatment. Source: Nouvelle de Nîmes Nº 5: The Denim ...
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Prior to the great overseas voyages in the 16th and 17th century, woad was the European version of indigo and was the primary blue dye for textiles. Woad is al...
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Wet Processing

A collective name for different finishing techniques that all use water, or some other liquid, in combination with mechanical treatment of the denim fabric or g...
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Denim is graded in terms of weight per square yard of fabric, in three categories: light, medium and heavy. The material usually weighs from 5 oz. to 20 oz., al...
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A term that is thrown about a lot these days, but it means anything from the past, or second hand, when clothing happens to have been worn previously. Generall...


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