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What Exactly Is Denim?



In recent years, denim has become synonymous with fashion, and many people may wonder, so do you know what denim is? Let's find out now.


  • What Is Denim Fabric?


First of all, the stalk of the word cowboy comes from the 501 jeans worn by John Wayne in the classic western film "Stagecoach" in 1939. Before that, most of the cowboy images in American Westerns wore fringed leather pants. Since then, jeans have successfully appeared in Western films and become a must-have item for denim dressing. Later, when they were introduced into China, everyone associates denim with such trousers, and the word denim represents a kind of clothing, or even a style


The origins of denim can be traced back to the discovery of the New World by Columbus, when this tough, practical rough fabric appeared, mainly used to make sails.


This kind of cloth originated in Nimes, a small town in France, so it was named "Serge De Nimes" in French. When this twill fabric was first introduced to the United Kingdom, it was difficult for British merchants to pronounce the French "Serge De Nimes", so it was simply called Denim.


Generally, woven fabrics are divided into three basic weaving methods: plain weave, twill weave and satin weave, among which twill fabrics are stronger and more wear-resistant because of their compact texture. Denim is a tough cotton twill in which the weft yarns pass through two or more warp yarns, a weaving method that creates a special texture. The most common type of denim is indigo denim, where the warp yarns are dyed indigo while the weft yarns remain white, which is why the denim is blue on the front and white on the reverse.


  • Why Are Denim Pants Called "Jeans"?


Jeans were born in the United States during the Gold Rush, when a German immigrant grocer named Levi Strauss and tailor Jacob Davis collaborated to create a tarp made of tarpaulins, which were very popular among workers as soon as they were introduced.


Later, Levi Strauss improved the fabric of the "cover pants" and added pockets on the inside of the pants to make life easier for workers. In 1873, rivets were added to the force points of the pants to improve firmness and aesthetics. At this point, the jeans that are popular all over the world are officially launched.


The jeans at this time are similar to the port of Genoa in northern Italy in the 16th century. At that time, the foreign merchants called the sailors working in the port "Genoese". These sailors like to wear indigo blue trousers made of a rough and sturdy fabric locally produced, which is actually denim trousers, called "Genoese" or "Genes", which is related to the English "Jeans" Similar pronunciation, in order to spread the truth, jeans have the scientific name "Jeans".

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