Top 20 Awesome Facts About “DENIM”

Top 20 Awesome Facts About “DENIM”

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Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced twill textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces the familiar diagonal ribbing of the denim that distinguishes it from cotton duck(a linen canvas).

It is a characteristic of most indigo denim that only the warp threads are dyed, whereas the weft threads remain plain white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile then shows the blue warp threads and the other side shows the white weft threads. This is why blue jeans are white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim’s fading characteristics, which are unique compared to every other textile.

So, here we bring you some of the best Top 20 awesome facts about ‘Denim’. Enjoy these facts and beauty of Denim in this single post.


1) As Wikipedia state that The name “denim” derives from the French serge de Nîmes, referring to the city of Nîmes, where it was produced, and is now manufactured in specialized mills around the world.1

2) Denim was first worn by workers in the 18th century and was a wardrobe staple during the gold rush because of its durability.2

3) The original inventor of denims in America was Levi Strauss and these jeans were used by workers because of its rugged nature and durability. Metal rivets were used to hold these jeans together so that the pockets were in place and they could be used for long. Today Levis is one of the most renowned brands across the world.3

4) Levi Strauss originally wanted to sell his denim material to miners to make tents and wagon covers.

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5) In 1936, a red flag was sewed next to the back pocket by Levi Strauss and that was when the first label was ever attached to a piece of a garment.

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6) Iconic movies such as Rebel without a Cause and The Wild One first made jeans popular with teenagers, a demographic that was only starting to emerge as a distinct group in the 1950’s.6

7) May 20th is the official birthday of Blue Jeans as it marks the day that Levi Strauss patented the rivets no.139,121.7

8) Denim, traditionally known as a work wear fabric since the late 18th century, later became popular for casual wear and is till date used by high fashion designers.8

9) American Soldiers in World War II wore jeans when they were off-duty and in doing this introduced them to the world.9

10) In the early 1960’s, denim was banned by many schools in the U.S as it had become an icon of teen rebellion.10

11) Traditionally Denim was colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans. The foremost pair of jeans that was pre washed was by Jack Spence for Lee.11

12) Denim is blue because the yarn was traditionally dyed with the blue pigment obtained from indigo dye. Until the introduction of synthetic dyes, indigo was the most significant natural dye known to man.12

13) Denim was originally dyed with a dye produced from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, but most denim today is dyed with synthetic indigo dye. In both cases, the yarn undergoes a continual sequence of dipping and oxidization — the more dips, the stronger the color of the indigo.13

14) The word dungarees (usually plural) is came from Hindi, one of the major languages of India. The source word in Hindi is dungr?, and refers to a type of coarse cloth.14

15) Denim fabric dyeing is separated into two categories: indigo dyeing and sulfur dyeing. Indigo dyeing produces the conventional blue color or shades similar to it. Sulfur dyeing produces specialty black colors and other colors, such as red, pink, purple, gray, rust, mustard, and green.15

16) Statistics reveal that about 2.5 billion yards of denim is produced every year all around the world. The biggest players in supplying today are Arvin, Tarvex, Santista and Cone Mills.16

17) Lee cowboy jeans were the first pair of denims with zippers.17

18) The YKK that appears on many zippers stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha. The company, Yoshida Industries Limited, makes 90% of the world’s zippers across 52 countries.18

19) At least 225 pair of denim jeans can be made from one bale of cotton.19

20) About 450 million jeans are sold in U.S.A alone each year. On an average, every American owns at least about 7 pairs of jeans.20