What is raw denim?
As you know, indigo is the special dye used to color raw denim fabric -which is white-. Due to the peculiarity of the fabric, denim requires a particularly hard and resistant dye that penetrates into the interior of the thread. In general, once the jeans are dyed, they are subjected to certain washing and abrasion processes in order to give them a specific finish.
Well, the so-called raw denim avoids this finish, that is, the denim garment is dyed but not washed in the factory. In this way, the fabric is presented in raw, with the dark tint typical of denim. This makes the fabric, being less treated, harder and more rigid, without reducing comfort, and also shows the original shade of indigo.
Over time, these jeans lighten gradually and progressively, increasing the contrast between wear and tear, and they adopt the personality of the person who wears them.
At this point, we must talk about how to take care of raw denim so that it does not lose the essence and naturalness of a garment with these characteristics. First of all, you have to know that denim fabric in general should be washed as little as possible precisely to prevent the indigo from fading.
As for raw denim, it is important to wash them after 3 months of use -although this time may be longer depending on the number of times you use them, of course-. From then on, you can wash them every 2 months. To do this, you must wash the garment inside out, at a maximum of 30 degrees. For drying, it is preferable to leave the garment in the open air, that is, do not use a dryer as it could damage the fabric.
If you stain the raw fabric, you must immediately treat the area to avoid leaving residues. Do this by splashing a little water on the stain and rubbing very gently with a damp cloth. Keep in mind that if you rub the stain hard, the indigo will be lost and the area will be visibly lighter than the rest. So be careful and subtle!