Remarkable World of Denim Part 1 March 24 2016, 0 Comments
Denim', was developed in a French town called "Nimes".
The contemporary use of the word "jeans" comes from the French word for
Genoa, Italy (Gênes), where the first denim trousers were made.
Denim initially gained popularity in 1873 when Jacob Davis, a tailor from
Nevada, manufactured the first pair of “rivet-reinforced” denim pants. His
concept for making reinforced jeans was inspired when a lady customer
requested a pair of durable and strong pants for her husband to chop wood.
When Davis was about to finish making the denim jeans, he saw some
copper rivets lying on a table and used the rivets to fasten the pockets. At this
time, clothes for Western laborers, such as teamsters, surveyors, and miners,
were not very durable Soon, the popularity of denim jeans began to spread rapidly
and Davis was overwhelmed with requests. He soon sold 200 pairs to workers
in need of heavy work clothing.Nevertheless, because of the production capacity
in his small shop, Davis was struggling to keep up with the demand . He then
wrote a proposal to the dry goods wholesaler Levi Strauss & Co. that had been
supplying Davis with bolts of denim fabric.Davis’s proposal was “to patent the
design of the rivet-reinforced denim pant, with Davis listed as inventor, in
exchange for certain rights of manufacture”.Levi Strauss & Co. was so
impressed by the possibilities for profit in the manufacture of the garment
that they then hired Davis to be in charge of the mass-production in San Francisco.
Denim jeans are typically constructed of 100% cotton and they are dyed with
a man- made indigo. Manufacturers usually buy ginned cotton,(cotton that
has been separated from the cotton seed), that goes through a series of
machine process's until it is twisted into yarn.
Unlike most other types of clothes, the yarn used to weave denim is dipped
and dyed before it it woven. In the mass production method of machine dyed
indigo,dying only occurs on the yarn's surface,, which is why the core part of
the yarn is still white,..hence why denim 'fades'.