Is denim a sustainable fabric?
Denim has a long history in the United States. In addition to defining the iconic American blue jeans and other clothing, this fabric is also used as tent canvas, upholstery and accessories. Even the sails of Columbus are made of denim.
This fabric is made of cotton or cotton blends, using a unique weaving method to help improve its durability and long-lasting quality. Denim’s unique dyed yarn and its special way of fading is one of its defining characteristics, but it is not obvious whether denim can be classified as a sustainable fabric.
How is denim made?
Denim is a special type of cotton twill, which is defined by a special weaving method, the fibers are very tight, forming a diagonal pattern. This allows for a more durable fabric. The unique appearance of denim comes from the two-tone weaving process; this involves the use of dyed yarns in the warp.