Q: Wouldn’t the sanforization process (in denim) no longer make raw denim raw as it is then treated, sometimes chemically, but at the very least with water or steam?

Sanforization leads to some slight semantic differences in the raw denim community. Yes, the sanforization process exposes the denim to water and steam and in essence “pre-shrinks” the otherwise “shrink to fit” denim before it is cut and sewn into jeans.

Truly loomstate, unsanforized denim is often referred to as “dry” since it has not been exposed to water or steam at all. But sanforized denim, that’s still undistressed and unwashed, still falls under the umbrella of raw denim.

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