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

Photograph by Davis Turner/Bloomberg

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

Photograph by Davis Turner/Bloomberg

Dungaree Redux

Tenting Machine
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

Photograph by Davis Turner/Bloomberg
Quality Check
Quality Check

Dawn Whitted checks denim for imperfections

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Loom Patrol
Loom Patrol

Debbie Lindsey monitors the vintage Draper fly-shuttle looms

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Changing of the Yarn
Changing of the Yarn

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

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Jeans Weaver
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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Mill Skill
Mill Skill

Bolen monitors a Draper shuttle loom

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Shuttle Repair
Shuttle Repair

Mike Roberson works on shuttles for Draper looms

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Yarn Creation
Yarn Creation

A warp mill creates yarn for denim fabric

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On a Roll
On a Roll

Alan Robertson moves giant bins of denim from a drying area

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Dyeing
Dyeing

Yarn goes through indigo dye vats

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Antiques
Antiques

Antique denim jeans at the mill

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