A number of technological factors have contributed to making denim the fashion icon that it is today, including vast improvements in spinning, weaving and finishing. One of the most important parts of creating beautiful denim jeans is washing. Washing has such an important part in the denim chain because of the umpteen effects that consumers look for in their jeans.
Types of Denim Washing
Denim washing are two types. These are
1. Mechanical washes
- Stone wash
- Micro sanding
2. Chemical washes
- Denim bleaching
- Enzyme wash
- Acid wash
Denim washing is an aesthetic finish that is imparted to fabric to improve the softness and comfort of the fabric. In addition, the fabric achieves a different look such as a faded or worn-out appearance. It also enhances the appeal and to provide strength. The emphasis is on comfort and softness. Fashion trends favour the broken-in look and worn/faded seams that can only be achieved through garment processing. Much of the appeal of dry denim lies in the fact that with time the fabric will fade in a manner similar to that which artificially distressed denim attempts to replicate.
Over the past few decades, different denim washing techniques have been developed and used on different materials to create a large variety of designs for trendy denim garments and jeans.