The Oil Rag

So we all know the story of Japanese Selvedge (Self-Edge) denim right?

The big American jeans manufacturers wanted to modernise their factories to produce more denim more quickly. The old shuttle looms that produced denim at a low tension and in comparatively small amounts, no longer fitted the bill so despite offering far superior denim, they got rid of them. In steps the Japanese cloth industry and buys up all the American loom’s  and ships them off to Japan and thus Japanese selvedge denim is born!

Great story, except that’s not what actually happened, have a look at this from some people who know a thing or two about denim:

 

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