Caring For Raw Selvedge Denim
Prospero recommends buying raw denim jeans because they are stiff when you first buy them. This stiffness is due to the process involved in creating the denim used for your jeans. The material goes through a proprietary spinning process that was that our denim supplier, Kaihara developed. The first step in this spinning process is called warping. Warping is when the raw yarn is bundled together into the denim fabric. Next, the denim fabric goes though a special dying process. When the raw material is first dyed with Indigo, it turns bright green. However, after the air hits it, the color will turn from green to blue.
This result is the crisp, durable denim material that Prospero uses to create your perfect jeans. The first time you wear your new jeans, you will feel the material hugging your body. This is completely normal. They will not feel as tight after the first couple of hours.
Should I Wash My New Jeans?
Prospero recommends not washing your new jeans for at least 6 months after purchasing them. During that first, crucial 6 month period, you are breaking in your new jeans. This process adapts your jeans to your unique body. In addition, it creates the wear patterns that make your jeans look like one-of-a-kind. After breaking in your jeans, and not washing them for the first 6 months, the denim will have the look of marble, as seen in this picture:
If you are worried about your jeans smelling if you don’t wash them, don’t worry! Your jeans will only smell because of bacteria build up. You can prevent this by hanging your jeans inside out outdoors for 24 hours or more. If you live in a cold area, even better! The cold weather will kill that bacteria in a snap.
When you do wash your selvedge denim jeans, make sure to turn them inside-out. In addition, avoid putting them in the dryer. Instead, hang them outside to dry.