If asked to imagine of a pair of jeans, chances are you’ll imagine them being blue. But all bets are off when it comes to which shade of blue. Some might imagine the classic light blue pair which you’d throw on with a white tee. Others might think of a darker pair that their biker pal seems to live in. Point is, there is no one standard when it comes to blue jeans.
So what goes into producing a pair of blue jeans the way you like them? First, you start with the fabric –denim. Most denim these days are dyed using synthetic dyes, indigo in the case of blue jeans. How dark the shade of blue is depends on two factors: the method used in dyeing and the number of dips.
Broadly, there are two ways of dyeing jeans: rope dyeing and the slasher dyeing process. The process employed depends on whether you want a shaded/faded look (slasher process) or a more solid dye with little to no fading (rope dyeing process). In addition, the number of times the pair is dipped in the dye plays a role in finally achieving the precise shade.
Once the jeans have gone through the dying process and the desired shade has been achieved they go through textile processing to add more character to them. Whether it is using an acid wash to achieve that “distressed” look or sandblasting them to get a more “worn” look, each pair goes through more processing before it ends up in the store.
So the next time you go shopping for jeans, you can learn more about your pair by asking questions about the manufacturing process. Why is that important? Well, knowing how a pair of jeans were made can help you understand more about how to look after them and make them last the longest! After all, nobody likes to see the end of their favourite jeans.