Selvedge Denim

selvedge denim

Selvedge denim, back in the business

Despite the term “selvedge denim” is associated with “raw”, these have completely different meanings, the first one is about the edge of de denim whereas raw is about the “wash” on the denim itself.

Before the 1950 decade, most of the denim was made on “shuttle looms”, which uses a small device that leaves a “self-edge”, sealing all the edges of the fabric so there are no fray yarns.

However, after that time, the denim jeans demand dramatically increased; therefore, the mill companies started to make denim in “projectile looms” in order to produce massive orders at a lower cost. However, the edges of the fabric are not sealed when using this kind of loom, causing the denim sensitive to fray.

 People passionate about denim, might think the opposite way but, a none “selvedge” jean does not necessary mean that the quality is poor,  it’s just about a finishing that might be less fancy and traditional; but, with a great manufacturing quality, it could last the same and it could also have a clean and/or pretty finish.

US manufacturers were the first to process selvedge denim, but when the mills changed to the massive production, the styles become obsolete; leaving that to the Japanese market. Nowadays, there’s only one mill that still produces this type of denim, its edge id color is red, the id colors are now used for decorative purposes only.

“It is so interesting to see how this denim is on the market again, we have developed and produced new styles using fake selvedge appliqués because of the reborn selvedge “boom”, upturned cuff styles “showing” the colored lines on the out seam were so popular, our last season was the skinny selvedge jeans for men”, said Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, a recognized manufacturing company, located in La Laguna, Mexico.

Textile Industry working on reinventing itself

textile industry

Textile Industry working on reinventing itself

The textile industry is continuing facing the illegal textile trading and now the companies need to think and work very hard to develop new ideas not just to fight the sale of the illegal garments at a lower price but also to be more competitive. The industry cannot wait for the government to solve the problem so actions must be taken against this scenario.

Since the problem cannot be solved immediately, the only way right now to work against it, is to develop new markets, following the most highest levels of quality control, buying and selling is no longer enough for the textile entrepreneur and now is the time to look for new tendencies of design and production that are already running all around the world; if not, the apparel industry will be left behind; however, the view seems to be promising and the government is already informing that the illegal trading is decreasing, feeling confident that the programs they are running are giving the expected results.

Industrial entrepreneurs foresee the apparel business in Mexico to grow in the following years, for Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal, president of Grupo Denim, it is mandatory to offer quality products, this is how the company has been present in the market through all these years without been affected by illegal trading of the local business.

“I think that we need to build a partnership between designers, vendors and entrepreneurs in order to create and consolidate biggest fashion collections, we need to keep on doing the apparel trade shows to make stronger relationships for the Mexican market, showing machinery, chemicals, new fabrics, new manufacturing processes, runways, business and exportation plans, investment and also conferences about new trending, we need to keep on innovating”, said Salomón Juan Marcos Villarreal.