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7 Facts About Jeans

Jeans are the most common apparel worn today. It’s an efficient, comfortable and for all-purpose piece of clothing that no one gets tired of. People come and go, but pair of jeans is always with you. It’s a constant in our lives. We wear it all the time and yet know so little about it. So let’s give this perpetual wardrobe being some honour and know some fun facts about them.

1. THE FRENCH CONNECTION

The word jeans derived by the French term bleu de genes. Jeans are made of the cotton material called denim, which was derived from a French city called Nimes. The denim material originated from Nimes. Hence the name was denim because De Nimes, which means ‘from Nimes’.

2. BECAUSE SOMEONE KEPT RIPPING THEIR PANTS

In the early days the workers wore lowers that were called work pants. A tailor in Reno, Nevada had a customer who often faced the problem of having is pants ripping. The tailor, Jacob Davis recruited Levis Strauss as a business partner. This is how the manufacturing of tough work jeans started. 

3. THE REBELLION ERA

In 50s, jeans were banned from restaurants, theatres and school as they were seen as a form of rebellion against conventionality. They were a rage back then. Back in the 50s society judged you for wearing a simple pair of jeans. Now they judge for no wearing one at all.

4. SOLDIERS MAKING A STATEMENT

The concept of jeans were made popular by the American soldiers during the Second World War. The soldiers use to wear them in European cities like Paris when they were off-duty. In fact, the Second World War can actually be said to propagate jeans the most in the Western world.

5. THE SIDE ZIPPER

During the World War Two, there was a difference in the style of zippers in jeans. The men had regular jeans with the zipper in front. The ladies had the zipper on the right side. This was switched to normal later as it was more convenient and comfortable. 

6. ASIAS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD

Asia happens to produce half of the jeans worn by the world. That’s right, more than 50% of the jeans production happen in Asian countries, namely, India, China and Bangladesh. Western dwellers can thank us later. 

7. THE OLDEST PAIR OF JEANS

The oldest pair of jeans ever to be made was a Levi Strauss & Co. 501 Jeans, which is supposed to be about one hundred and fifteen years old. It was discovered in the year 1997 and auctioned in the year 2005 to an anonymous Japanese collector for 60,000 dollars. 

- Vrishti Nadkarni

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