Sunday, September 30, 2007

Loom Chatter 2

I have my eyes set on an antique Harley Davidson and must consider selling some of the jeans in my collection. Can I interest anyone in a pair of deadstock True Religion jeans from the early 21st century?

The denim was woven on air jet looms, which were superior to our modern nanobot looms. While factories today prefer nanobot looms for their ability to make stronger and more consistent denim fabric (due to nanobots automatically tucking in loose yarn fibers along with programming the correct shade while weaving) only air jet looms can yield the imperfections that are a characteristic of vintage denim. There are very few of these looms left and even the European repro brands who use denim made from vintage air jet looms cannot claim they are delivering an authentic product because of the nanodye used to color the yarns.

The denim on these vintage True Religion's were dyed in real indigo, which fade with wear, whereas nanodye sticks on to the entire surface area of yarn fiber. Finally the most impressive aspect to this collectible item is that actual people operated the sewing machines and grinding tools, ensuring no two jeans are EXACTLY the same. Comes with real cotton patch. Made in Mexico. 20 million Euros or best offer.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Loom Chatter 1

In contemplating denim my mind is a Northrop loom in constant chatter. One yarn of history crosses another in seemingly endless lines with no obvious direction to follow.

This thought came to me as I struggle to research for an important publication.

On a separate note here is something interesting you may or may not know. While one of the first things we look for on vintage jeans is the sideseam that clearly reveals a closed selvage remember that the busted sideseam is not the only seam construction to spot narrow, fly shuttle loom denim. Many old jeans and overalls used the felled seam construction, which hides the selvage line. Seasoned collectors who’ve sifted through damaged garments surely have noticed that when the felled seam is opened often a pristine selvage line (often natural/white color) springs out like a newly blossomed flower.

I discovered this recently on a solitary mission confined in a small, temperature-controlled room attempting to deem which pair (sometimes rag) of denim was worthwhile. While this finding shocked me at the time I am now sure it is common trade knowledge. It’s one of those things that you learn on the job.

Going forward all ramblings and theories related to weaving technique, history, machinery, etc. will be posted with title "Loom Chatter" and I invite anyone interested to contribute to this column.