Style Terms


The complete glossary for style and fashion terminology.


What does Abrasion mean?

This is the process of making garments look and feel worn and aged, in which the garment’s surface is scraped or rubbed, thereby causing abrasion. The item most frequently used by industrial laundries are .

Style Terms explains Abrasion

Any way in which is treated to look worn, aged, or “” qualifies as abrasion; thus there are many ways to “abrade” .  While washing with is most frequent, some manufacturers also blast with sand or rub with sandpaper.

From a individual consumer perspective, wearing in active circumstances (e.g. running, hiking, concert-going, etc.) over a period of time is also considered abrasion.  While we at Rawr do not condone purposely accelerating the abrasion process (so as to achieve quicker fades), some choose to do so by dragging their through gravel or using a razor to create higher contrast whisker and honeycomb fades