So what is it about premium jeans that makes them premium? If you are a true denim connoisseur then you know it’s more than just the brand. One trait that improves the quality (and jacks up the price) is the use of Selvage Denim. Normally, on denim of an inferior quality, the edge of the fabric on the loom must be stitched otherwise it will fray, but with selvage denim this isn’t necessary. According to Websters, Selvage is "an edge produced on woven fabric during manufacture that prevents it from unraveling". It is produced on a special kind of old-style shuttle loom that uses one continuous thread when going back and forth. Back in the old days, weavers would sew the two selvage edges together using different colored threads to identify the fabric and this technique is still used today. However, the edges are stitched together on the outseam so when the jeans are cuffed the selvage is visible. We love it when old-school necessities become new-school trends.
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