Interesting facts about Denim

Denim is a fabric that we have come to love. Whether this is being used in the Mens Tommy Hilfiger Jeans that you bought from or used to create a wonderful womans handbag, one thing that is for sure is that it is a material that shows no signs of decreasing in popularity.

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Denim has been used for hundreds of years and it is thought that it might date back as far as the 1500s where it was first invented in Italy in the town of Genoa. It was here that denim was used by the Italian navy in their uniform. It was chosen as it is an extremely hardy and versatile fabric and it withstood the demands of the hard labour of the navy workers. Although its first use can be traced back to Italy the material itself came from France and gained its name from the French city ‘De Nimes’ which when translated into English means ‘From Nimes’.

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In the 1960s denim was used as a fashion statement of rebellion and it was worn by young adults as a way to step out from what they felt were oppressive rules and restrictions on their own individuality and the ways in which they want to live their lives. This had such an impact that some places put denim bans in place to ensure that no one that was a part of the protests could enter their places of business. Fashion has long been used as a way of people expressing themselves as a way of rebelling against some of the rules that society puts in place or expectations that we have on the younger generations.

The blue jeans that we are used to seeing and the dark blue that has become almost synonymous with denim is in actual fact an indigo dye that is added to the material. The reason this colour was chosen was that it didn’t show up dirt and grime and much as other colours and so when denim was used for work clothing by sailors and miners it could stand up to the dirt and manual labour.

Jeans can be found today in a variety of styles from the traditional bootcut through boyfriend jeans and skinny jeans that are mixed with elastic to help them retain their tight fittings. As well as being found in a number of different styles, jeans can also be found in a variety of colours from white and balck through various shades of blue. Denim is also used to make jackets, skirts, dresses, shirts and a variety of accessories such as bags and shoes.

Author: Richard Brown

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