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Denim is working hard again this season, with dungarees, flares and A-line button-up skirts all key tools in the 1970s revival kit. Though unlike other throwbacks – crop tops, suede and sheepskin trim – it’s never really stopped to put its feet up.
Nearly everyone owns a pair of jeans. But for some denim is a more serious business; serving its original purpose as workwear or marking allegiance to a subculture – bikers, mods, rockabillies. Which is where selvedge denim comes in. A premium product identified by the colour of thread used and visible in the turn up.
Here we talk to two brands who have the traditional craft all sewn up – Brighton-based Dawson Denim and Edwin Europe:
What is selvedge denim?
Edwin: Selvage Denim is a high premium fabric made in a tradition way. A shuttle loom spins one continuous thread, creating a self-edge that doesn’t fray. Producing denim in this way is a lot more time consuming and the fabric width is limited to 30 inches but the end result is a tightly woven, hard-wearing denim with a coloured thread.
Dawson: Selvedge is the oldest form of denim fabric still in manufacture today, up until the 1970s it was the only type of fabric you could buy.