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What does Microsanding mean?

In this fabric treatment process, a series of cylindrical are arranged and roll in a horizontal arrangement.  They are wrapped in either abrasive paper or a chemically coated surface (that acts as abrasion agent).

The denim is pulled over the face of the sand rollers creating a raised surface finishinig. Some colour reduction is experienced.

Heddels explains Microsanding

Microsanding can be used on any type of fabric; however, it is especially useful on cheaper fabrics because of its ability to simulate the softer textures of more expensive material.

Some pre-distressed or pre-washed denim undergoes microsanding, while raw denim does not.

Additional Resources

Image of a Laffer Microsanding machine:

Raw Denim Term - Microsanding

Source: spacentime.net