Today we are giving you a behind-the-scenes insight into denim production with a MiH Jeans Masterclass. Be prepared to be amazed!
• The best quality cotton comes from the US, Egypt (hello bed sheets), Pakistan and Africa
• The cotton is ‘spun’ to give it texture, then dyed indigo
• It is dipped to ‘bond’, a process that has to be done multiple times – the more it is dipped, the deeper the colour
• Indigo is ALWAYS blue, but it can also be mixed with other colours (red, grey, we could go on)
• Next the cotton is woven: the vertical thread is call the warp and the horizontal thread is called the weft
• There are at least a gazillion ways to weave, 2x1, 3x1, left hand twill/ right hand broken twill…
• Often a denim brand will have their own weave and once they have found their weaving groove, they stick to it. See: Levis iconic weave
• The best selvedge denim comes from… Belgium! Would you believe it and all these years we just went for the waffles and beer.
• There are less than 30 mills in the world that can do selvedge
• The amount of stretch in denim is controlled by heat
• At MiH we use between 20% and 60% stretch depending on the style
• Raw denim hasn’t been washed when you buy it, so it will shrink a size when washed at home as it removes the starch
• Anything done to jeans after sewing is called ‘washing’ whether it the process of sanding, bleaching, whiskering, sponging…. Confusing, we know
• There are between 40 and 50 pieces of denim in the pattern for one jean – that’s a lot of pieces to put together
Any more questions? Throw them our way and we’ll try to get some answers!