A pair of jeans is something you are most comfortable in. Nothing beats the beauty and comfort of a denim. That’s why we call it yours and ours favourite wear-buddy. There are two men who are given the credit for bringing jeans into our lives – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis. Coming back to the love for jeans. We all love them, we all wear it at least thrice before a wash. Dirtier it is, mightier it gets. If there’s one attire that is common to all it’s only a pair of jeans. Some of the best facts about the simple looking pair you have been wearing for so long.
It was called waist overalls before jeans
People used to call pair of jeans waist overalls or simply overalls. Can you imagine calling your jeans overalls. It was renamed by Levi Strauss.
Indigo was selected as the colour to hide the dirt
Yes, it was no fashion statement. The colour indigo hides dust and dirt better than any other light colour. No wonder, we all have at least five pairs of indigo jeans.
Woah!! Amount of indigo used…
20 thousand tonnes of indigo is produced for colouring those jeans around the globe.
Zip tip needed back then
During the times of WWII, jeans for men were made with normal style zippers. But for women, zips were placed on the right side. The idea behind it is still a mystery for all. But later, some wise person zipped the right way.
Levi Strauss and the orange thread
Any jeans made by Levi’s has orange thread, which is a unique thing about their brand. Trademark, it is.
They were banned in 50s
Yes, you read it right. Many places like schools, theatre & restaurants banned blue jeans. These were seen as a sign of rebellion for conventionality.
Asia produces 50% of jeans the world wears
India, China & Bangladesh are the major contributors. Fifty percent of the jeans are made in Asia. Well, that’s not something western!
You buy washed jeans
After the dye, the fabric is washed to check shrinkage of jeans. It’s then that they are ready to be sold in the market.
Your skinny cotton jeans is not cotton
Your skinny super comfortable pair of cotton jeans is not pure cotton. There’s a fabric called elasten, which is added to your jeans’ cotton fabric. And that’s how they are stretchable and stick to your skin.
And how did the name jeans come up
Gênes, the French word for Genoa, may be the origin of the word “jeans”. In Nimes, weavers tried to reproduce jeans but instead developed a similar twill fabric that became known as denim, from de Nimes, meaning “from Nimes”.
Jeans & the cotton factories
The material called denim used in the making of jeans requires lots and lots of cotton. That’s why most of the jeans factories are built near cotton plantations and godowns.
The oldest pair of jeans
The oldest jeans made by Levi Strauss and Co. 501 jeans, believed to be 115 years old, was auctioned to a Japanese anonymous collector for $60,000 in 2005.
The Costliest one
The costliest pair oj jeans at present in the world is worth $250,000. It’s the Dussault Apparel’s Trashed Denim jeans.