Raw denim is the term given to denim that has not undergone any finishing treatments, washes or tampering before, during or after being turned into a pair of jeans. To the touch it will feel strange if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re used to off-the-peg high street models; starchy, perhaps like cardboard and very stiff. The denim will have been woven on old-style shuttle looms, originating from Japan, and will normally have a visible selfedge (to avoid the threads unravelling on these narrow looms) on the outside seam. As a process it takes a longer period of time to create a pair of jeans like this so they will normally cost a little more.
A pair of raw jeans will either be pre-soaked (sanforised), which takes care of any shrinkage you may experience during washing or soaking, or will need a soak to get a pair of jeans to the desired fitting. Many raw denim enthusiasts are incredible precious about the soaking/washing process.Most carry out an initial soak before Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbreaking inÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ a pair over many months Ã¢â‚¬â€œ where they will not let the pair touch water Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to create the unique fades and creasing.
Raw denimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history is rich and stems back many years should you wish to dig around on the web a little. However, seeing as weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to be looking raw denim in a contemporary context we thought it would be good to illustrate a bit of terminology used by aficionados to describe its attributes. Ultimately, to break in a pair of raw jeans is a strangely addictive process but the feeling of wearing a pair that is unique to you, with beautiful fading and wear lines is hugely rewarding.