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    Posted: 21 May 2020 at 1:38pm
It's been awhile since talking with Ralph, I asked for a little blurb- on The Black seed.



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Really interesting stuff, thanks for sharing.
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Another story that might be of interest, maybe a year or so, after the Roy X Cone contest, Ralph and Supima got together-
A long standing rumor had been in the denim weaving community. The rumor was, Levi Strauss used long staple cotton back in the day- meaning 1800’s. Supima thought it might be a way for them to possibly collaborate with Levi (LVC) If they could prove Levi did indeed use Long staple cotton. I cut samples from 5 pieces of 1870’s Levi pant pieces, I warned Ralph back then, I basically said ( good luck getting anyone at Levi excited about anything) The $$ was put up by Supima
And all 5 1870’s pieces were DNA tested.

One sample came back positive for long staple cotton, proving that rumor was true, Unfortunately - I was right about no one, other than the fellow denim nerds caring about any of this....So there was no collaboration between the 2 companies.

Still cool to have the answer to that long standing rumor.
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What would it have taken to make something like that happen? Could a smaller manufacturer have pulled it off?
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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

What would it have taken to make something like that happen? Could a smaller manufacturer have pulled it off?

Well- it looks like Supima cotton was used at cone, and the black seed denim Roy used was the long staple Supima cotton...Thing is, when Levi gets involved, a whole bunch of Supima long staple cotton is used.
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Right. Thanks for clarifying.
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