THE DENIM ENCYCLOPEDIA
The Denim Encyclopedia by Denimhunters is a knowledge base with answers to frequently asked questions about denim and jeans and explanations of how they’re made.
The Encyclopedia is divided into the sections below, each with its own homepage where its entries are listed with brief descriptions and links to read more.
Sections in the Encyclopedia:
DENIM VOCABULARY – view all
This section of the Encyclopedia lists and explains the most common and frequently used terms from the world and jeans and denim.
Jeans – trousers made from denim, usually featuring five pockets, a fly front, five belt loops, and a back yoke
Raw denim – denim that hasn’t been washed or treated
Roping effect – the abrasion on jeans hems sewn with chain stitching
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DENIM EXPLAINED – view all
This section of the Encyclopedia is home to everything that relates specifically to the denim fabric. Below are some of the most searched for terms.
Why denim fades – fades happen because the indigo dye doesn’t reach the core of the yarn. When you wear and wash denim, the indigo gradually rubs off
Selvedge – the self-finished edges of denim woven on shuttle looms
Indigo – the colour that makes blue jeans blue
Cotton – a natural fibre from the fruit of the cotton plant
Right hand, left hand, and broken twill – different types of twill weaves
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JEANS ANATOMY – view all
In this section of the Encyclopedia, you’ll find entries about jeans, their details, and how they’re made.
Rivets – pieces of metal found at the pocket corners of jeans with the purpose of strengthening these stress point
Arcuates – patterns of stitching on the back pockets of jeans, also known as back pocket signatures
Yoke – the V-shaped section at the back of jeans that give them a curved seat
Coin pocket – a small pocket that’s half-tucked into the left front pocket of jeans
Brand patch – a label found at the waistband of jeans above the right back pocket
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