Slub, Slubby, Slubbiness – Huh?

slubby

Let's get slubby

Admittedly, talking about “slubbiness” of denim is not usually the most exciting aspect of raw denim. In fact, most people wouldn’t bother to even notice this characteristic.  However, “slubbiness” plays as big of a role as the weight and fit of denim do.  Some labels even goes as far as to pride themselves on the their “slubbiness”.

By definition, “slub” in the textile industry is “a soft thick nub in yarn that is either an imperfection or purposely set for a desired effect” (source: thefreedictionary.com).  In terms of raw denim, it is when the denim manufacturer accidentally or intentionally causes irregularities in the yarn by means of knotting or twisting or using a mixture of different fiber lengths.  The effect is an uneven, bumpy, hairy, and rough texture; making for even raw-er denim (although many denim heads prefer the smoother and flatter alternative).

Moreover, a couple denim lines that are known for their slubby threads are Pure Blue Japan and Samurai. Check out the shots below and make note of the bumpy and irregular texture.

Details

  • Pure Blue Japan XX-05 Shrink To Fit Slim Straight
  • Indigo Dark
  • 14 Oz weight
  • Approximately $245.00 USD
Slubbiness - Pure Blue Japan XX05

Slubbiness - Pure Blue Japan XX05 (source: PBJ)

Slubbiness - Pure Blue Japan XX05 (source: PBJ)

Slubbiness - Pure Blue Japan XX05 (source: PBJ)

Details

  • Samurai S0500X Mid Rise Tapered Leg Fit
  • Pure Indigo
  • 15 Oz Weight
  • $325.00 USD
Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX

Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX (source: blueingreensoho.com)

Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX (source: blueingreensoho.com)

Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX (source: blueingreensoho.com)

Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX (source: blueingreensoho.com)

Even More Slubbiness - Samurai S0500XX (source: blueingreensoho.com)

Additional Resources:

  • Blue In Green Soho Site
  • Pure Blue Japan Site

Stay Raw!

-Chad
@rawrdenim

Chad

A long-time denim enthusiast, Chad has spent the last year between a pair of Allevol and Naked & Famous jeans. In addition to contributing to RawrDenim.com, he also keeps busy with Sporting Charts.

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