Douglas Luhanko has dedicated his life to denim. Last year, together with his partner, Kerstin Neumüller, he published a handbook about indigo in Swedish. Now it’s available in English as well. I’ve talked to the couple about why they wrote the book and what they hope to achieve with it.
How Denim Is Made
Denim is a complex fabric that lives and changes with you. And there are almost endless ways the cotton, spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing processes can be combined to create unique denims.
These blog posts dive deep into each of the five stages of making denim to help you understand this unique fabric, where it comes from, how it's made, why it fades, and much more.
While some wear their jeans raw and unwashed, most prefer to buy jeans that’re already soft and have that faded lived-in look. Pre-washing makes that possible. But it has some disadvantages too.
What is selvedge denim? Why is it more expensive than normal denim? Is it worth it? And is selvedge denim better? This video guide gives you the answers.
Have you noticed how the colour of your jeans changes as you wear and wash them? It’s called ‘fading’—and it’s because of how denim is dyed that it happens.
This beginner’s guide provides a complete overview of how denim is made, along with links to in-depth member resources about each of the five production stages.