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Dungaree Redux

  1. Tenting Machine
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    Tenting Machine

    The old-school looms at Cone Denim's White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C., turn out fabric for jeans prized by denim fans, who covet their imperfections and durability. Employee Gloria Christian pulls denim from the tenting machine, which prevents the fabric from twisting and warping

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  2. Quality Check
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    Quality Check

    Dawn Whitted checks denim for imperfections

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  3. Loom Patrol
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    Loom Patrol

    Debbie Lindsey monitors the vintage Draper fly-shuttle looms

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  4. Changing of the Yarn
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    Changing of the Yarn

    Along with other workers, Rodney Thompson, center, changes out ball warps

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  5. Jeans Weaver
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    Jeans Weaver

    The skills Mildred "Mickey" Bolen has acquired in 50 years as a weaver at the mill are in fresh demand

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  6. Mill Skill
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    Mill Skill

    Bolen monitors a Draper shuttle loom

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  7. Shuttle Repair
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    Shuttle Repair

    Mike Roberson works on shuttles for Draper looms

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  8. Yarn Creation
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    Yarn Creation

    A warp mill creates yarn for denim fabric

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  9. On a Roll
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    On a Roll

    Alan Robertson moves giant bins of denim from a drying area

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  10. Dyeing
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    Dyeing

    Yarn goes through indigo dye vats

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  11. Antiques
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    Antiques

    Antique denim jeans at the mill

    Photograph by Davis Turner/Bloomberg