Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What is Denim?

Webster's says: "a firm durable twilled usually cotton fabric woven with colored warp and white filling threads."

Webster also says, Jeans: "Short for jean fusion, a durable twilled cotton cloth especially for sportswear and work clothes."

"The word “jeans” is thought to have come from a type of material, called “jean” that was round in the 1600’s. The material was named after sailors from Genoa in Italy, because they wore clothes made from it. The word 'denim' probably came from the name of a French material, “serge de nimes” - serge (a kind of material) from Nimes (a town in France)." (

I think jeans are an American pastime. We live in Jeans. Can you imagine life without jeans or denim? I shudder to think.

Some people literally live in Jeans. They wear nothing else. Others are forced to wear other clothing for work, but quickly jump into their Jeans when they get home. I'm lucky because I can choose. When I wear something other than Jeans or Denim and then put on a pair of Jeans, it's like coming home to an old friend. Aahhh.

Jeans are comfortable (If you get the correct size and fit). When I was in high school, the style for Jeans was the tighter the better. If your Jeans weren't at least two sizes too small for you, they were too big. We shrank our Jeans to make them tighter. We would have to lay on the ground and suck in our stomach to zip them. What were we thinking? We should all be paraplegics from the lack of circulation. We really did Jeans and ourselves a disservice. They were meant to be comfortable.

You can work and play in Jeans. You can dress down in Jeans and you can dress up in Jeans. Without Denim I don't think there would be the phenomenon of Jeans. Would there have been another cloth or clothing that we would love as much? I don't think so.

Jeans have always made a fashion statement. And you can do anything in them.

What do Jeans/Denim mean to you?

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