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The Story of Blue Jeans - Part 1

Wearing jeans is so common and popular today, and it is no wonder. Jeans are so durable and trendy. and they don't cost very much. Everyone enjoys the simplicity and comfort for work, for everyday wear and even for formal events. People are wearing jeans for times at home relaxing, as work clothes, for social occasions and even a night out on the town. Jeans withstand the test of time so you can really wear them just about anywhere.

Who originally created jeans?

There is no one person who can be credited as the "inventor" of jeans. It may be hard to believe, but the distinctive pants we now know as "jeans" have evolved over a long period of time - over 400 years.

Traditional jeans are made of a woven cotton fabric called denim. Denim is a rugged cotton twill material with a distinctive diagonal weave that makes it very tough and very versatile.

Before the 1600's there was a distinctive cotton cloth developed in India called "dungaree". This name derives from the area near Bombay where it was made and sold. "Dungaree" became a popular fabric for making clothes for Portuguese sailors on trading vessels plying the Spice Route. It was normally dyed indigo blue, as it still is today. The Portuguese introduced this material to other parts of the world.

By the mid 1600s a similar cloth was being woven in France near the city of Nimes. This popular fabric was called "serge de Nimes." The name was shortened to "de Nimes" which was eventually pronounced "denim." That is how we got the name we use today.

Denim trousers became known as "jeans" because the port of Genoa (Genes in French) became a major manufacturer of denim pants. The sturdy pants were used by sailors in the Genoese Navy. They were ideal for sailors, like modern teenagers - who had to practically live in their clothes. They could wear their denim clothing wet or dry, the legs could be easily rolled up, and they could be washed simply by dragging them behind the ship in a large net.

Hey! What could be more convenient than that?

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