We are all in Love with Denim. Do you know where this great material came from? The word DENIM comes from the name of a sturdy fabric called Serge, originally made in Nimes, France by the Andre Family. Originally called Serge de Nimes, the name soon shortened to denim. Denim has been used in America since the late 18th century. It was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue "Jeans", though Jean then denoted a different, lighter cotton textile; the use of Jean comes from the French word from Genoa, Italy (Genes) where the first denim trousers were made. Usually made in all cotton it can be made of a cotton-synthetic mixture. This fabric has been around for decades especially in the manufacture of overalls and trousers worn for heavy labor and has demonstrated its durability and comfort that has made denim jeans so popular.
Workers in Denim in 1800's
Denim fabric dyeing is divided into two categories; Indigo dyeing and Sulphur dyeing. Indigo dye produces traditional blue colors or shades similar to blue. Sulphur is used to create special black colors and other colors like pink, grey, rust, mustard, green, etc. Stretch denim usually incorporates an elastic component like (elastane) into the fabric to allow a degree of give in the garments. Only a small percentage is required within the fabric (3%) to give a stretch capacity of about 15%. In 2007, the worldwide denim market was US$51.6 billion with the demand growing annually. Over 50% of denim is produced in Asia, specifically China, India and Bangladesh. Not much produced in the U.S. So, now that you're in the know. . Do you prefer stretch or non-stretch denim?