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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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Yarn

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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XX

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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Woad

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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Weight

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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Vintage

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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