FABRICS

We're more than just denim. Explore all the fabrics that make Levi's® iconic products.

CHAMBRAY

Chambray is a lightweight, woven fabric that’s denim-like in appearance. It’s often used in shirts for comfort and breathability.


CORDUROY

Corduroy is a type of fabric made from twisted fibers that, when woven, lie parallel to form “cords.”


COTTON

Known for its softness and breathability, cotton is one of the most common fabrics used in clothing of all types. Most Levi’s® jeans are made from cotton dyed with indigo.


CROSSHATCH

Denim woven with uneven yarns in both the warp and weft, creating a unique, grid-like finish.


DENIM

Denim is a strong, durable fabric made of cotton twill, used to make jeans, overalls, Trucker Jackets, Western Shirts and other clothing. The Levi’s® brand is known for using denim and copper rivets to make the first pair of jeans ever, in 1873.


DIRT REPELLENT

Dirt repellent fabrics are treated with a coating to repel liquids and particles. Some of our Levi’s® Commuter™ styles use these fabrics to keep cyclists clean and dry on their ride.


DYNEEMA©

The world’s strongest fiber, Dyneema© is woven into our garments for added durability.


ELASTANE

Elastane is a synthetic elastic material made of polyurethane, used to add stretch and recovery to clothing. Levi’s® denim is made with varying amounts of elastane, depending on the level of stretchiness desired.


FABRIC WEIGHT

Fabric weight is the measure of ounces per square yard of fabric. Denim is typically woven in weights ranging from 4 to 15 ounces.


FINISHES

Any treatment to jeans after they’ve been cut, sewn and washed to give them a desired surface effect. Common finishes are whiskering, fraying and embroidery.


FLEECE

A lightweight, breathable fabric known for it’s supreme softness, commonly used in jackets, scarves and hats.


HAND FEEL

The “hand feel” of the fabric refers to how it feels. Examples: soft, crisp or dry.


HEAVYWEIGHT DENIM

Extra durable denim weighing 13 oz. or more per square yard of fabric.


JERSEY

A soft, ultra lightweight knit fabric typically used to make tees.


LIGHTWEIGHT DENIM

Lightweight denim weighs less than 10.5 oz. per square yard of fabric. Because of its lightness, it’s perfect for warm weather styles.


LINEN

A lightweight-yet-durable natural fiber that comes from the flax plant. Linen is often used in spring/summer clothing because of its maximum breathability.


MADRAS

Madras is a lightweight plaid cotton fabric, used primarily for summer clothing like shorts and dresses.


MIDWEIGHT DENIM

Denim weighing between 10.5 oz. and 12.5 oz. per square yard of fabric. Most Levi’s® styles are crafted from midweight denim.


MOTION FABRIC

Levi’s® stretch denim engineered for maximum comfort. Easy fit for every wear.


PRESHRUNK DENIM

Also known as “sanforized,” preshrunk denim is treated to prevent shrinking after washing and drying. Preshrunk denim first became available in the ‘60s—before that, all denim was Shrink-to-Fit™ Fabric.


RAW DENIM

A favourite of denim purists, raw denim has not experienced any washing or distressing processes. It has a more rigid feel, shrinks roughly two sizes when washed, and forms to your body and movements over time.


SATEEN

Sateen is a cotton fabric similar to satin, known for its soft, smooth texture and shine.


SELVEDGE

Premium selvedge denim comes from the term “self-edge," the woven strip on both edges of a roll of fabric. It’s traditionally woven on narrow-width shuttle looms, producing a clean edge with no fringe.


SHERPA

A soft, thick fabric originally made of sheep’s wool. Typically used to line garments for added warmth.


SLUB

Slub refers to a thick, nubby yarn that’s intentionally spun to look irregular in shape, adding texture to knit garments.


SPANDEX

Spandex is a fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It’s used in some of our denim to give it extra stretch and recovery.


STRETCH DENIM

Stretch denim is made with a blend of cotton and elastane for increased comfort and recovery.


SILK

Silk is a soft, lustrous thread or fabric made from the fibers produced by silkworms.


TENCEL

Also referred to as Lyocell, Tencel is an eco-friendly fiber made from wood pulp, with a similar feel to rayon.


TWILL

A lightweight, woven fabric with a surface of diagonal parallel ridges. Denim is made of durable cotton twill fabric dyed with indigo.


WATER RESISTANT

Water-resistant fabrics have been treated to become resistant to water penetrating the fabric weave. We use them in some of our outerwear and Levi’s® Commuter styles.