It’s safe to say that the majority of us own a pair of jeans, making denim one of the most popular materials in our wardrobes today.With hundreds of fashion companies selling items made from denim, it’s worth knowing a few amazing facts about it.
It is believed that denim was first invented in Genoa, Italy. It was made for the Italian navy to wear while on duty.Although the Italians were the first to make it, the material itself came from a French city called Nimes. ‘De Nimes’, which means ‘from Nimes’ in English, gave the material its name.The word ‘jeans’ comes from the word ‘Genes’, which is the French word for the city of Genoa.A grand total of 225 pairs of jeans can be made from just one bale of cotton.We’re used to seeing blue jeans, but the color is actually created using indigo dye. This was the best color to hide any dirt which got onto the clothing – ideal for miners and sailors.Each person in America owns an average of 7 pairs of jeans.While baggy jeans and bootcut jeans were popular in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, lots of people prefer wearing skinny jeans nowadays. These are made by mixing denim with another fabric called elastane, which helps to slightly stretch the material.Levi Strauss, the creator of the famous brand Levi’s, never wore a pair of his own jeans. He was a wealthy businessman and jeans were made for the poorer people.
Around 7.5 billion feet of denim fabric is produced every single year.There are many different styles of jeans available now, including bootcut, skinny and straight. Some retailers even allow people to customize their jeans, choosing features such as pocket size, leg length, fit and style.Unfortunately, thousands of denim items are manufactured in sweatshops in third-world countries, even though most denim garments are worn by people in the Western world.May 20th is regarded as the birthday of blue jeans since it was the day when Levi Strauss patented his idea.Ripped jeans, also known as distressed jeans, are one of the most popular fashion looks of the early 21st century. While some people break the bank for a nice quality pair of ripped jeans, many people follow YouTube tutorials and do a DIY job.Every year, around 450 million pairs of jeans are sold in America.If you’ve ever wondered why the inside of denim garments are white, this is because only the outside (warp) is dyed indigo. The weft (interior) is not dyed.The oldest pair of jeans to be discovered was found in 1998 down an old mine. According to the date, they were 115 years old.The small pocket in the larger pocket of your jeans was originally designed for a pocket watch.While denim is traditionally blue, there are now many other colors available, including black, red, and green. All these colors are achieved with artificial dyes.Soldiers during World War II would wear jeans when off duty, as they were comfortable and casual and allowed them to worry less about getting dirty.Now you know more about denim than the average person, you’ll have many opportunities to impress when you next see a pair of jeans.
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