Why Japanese Selvedge Denim?
Japanese Selvedge Denim, initially known as 'self-edge', is renowned for its narrow, tightly woven edge which prevents fraying for a neat, finished look. Starting in the 1960s, Japan crafted the finest denim.
With Its Signature And Tradition
In a bid to stay true to traditional methods, Japanese craftsmen went above and beyond to produce superior quality denim that the world had not seen before. Today, Japanese selvedge denim is recognized as the highest quality, with its signature denser weave from the vintage shuttle-loom process, superior yarn quality,
unique dyeing techniques, and unparalleled Japanese quality control.
Of Okayama Denim Fabric
Out of multiple options, AKRacing chose denim from Okayama Prefecture, which is known for its world-class quality and has been used in apparel products by European luxury Maison brands. Several factors explain why Okayama denim is considered by many to be the finest selvedge denim produced in Japan.
First, most factories in Okayama use vintage shuttle looms to produce their denim fabric. Although the production of denim on shuttle looms yields much less fabric (about 40m a day) than the mass production of projectile looms, the quality of the selvedge fabric which the shuttle looms output is far superior to the modern projectile looms.
Second, the water in Okayama has a high mineral content coupled with favorable pH levels. This combination helps to produce high quality denim fabric, which also assists in the depth of color and resilience of the indigo dye. Indigo dying has been a traditional dying technique in textile production in Okayama for centuries.
Finally, Japanese attention to detail during the production process is unrivaled. Our Okayama denim supplier has very small scales of production, ensuring that each product is developed with tedious attention to detail.