Te lo contamos todo sobre el denim

Everything about Demin

Who invented it?

How is this made?

What ecological footprint does it leave on the planet?

Invented in the 19th century, the iconic jean has been worn by miners, cowboys, Hollywood stars, rebels without a cause, rockers and artists for the past two centuries without losing any of its style.

The word "jean" emerged in the 19th century, and referred to a fabric that used to be seen only in pants. However, soon the fabric ended up mimicking the garment for which it was commonly used. The "blue jeans", known as jeans or jeans, were made of this fabric and began to be manufactured in the French city of Nîmes (bleu de Nimes). There is still an open debate about where the word denim comes from, but a fairly reliable hypothesis is that the word denim is an anglicism of the French word that was used to describe this popular fabric (from Nîmes). By the time the 20th century arrived, the term jeans was used to refer to pants made of denim.

The most recognizable jeans are made in indigo blue denim with a pocket and specific seams for work in the factories of the second industrial revolution, and were patented in 1873 by Jacob Davis, a tailor, and Levi Strauss, owner of a factory in this sector. type of pants in San Francisco. Once this patent expired in 1890, other manufacturers began to mass-produce jeans, such as Wrangler or Lee Cooper.

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How is denim made?

After the cotton fibers are harvested and spun, the threads are dyed. These fabrics are usually dyed with indigo, which makes them the classic blue color of denim. The cotton denim is then woven on a shuttle loom or projectile loom.

A shuttle loom produces what is called selvedge denim. The weft thread is passed through the warp threads in a back and forth motion, with no breaks in the weft. For its part, a projectile loom produces denim without selvedge because there is a single weft thread for each row and not a single thread woven throughout. This creates a more delicate edge that must be sewn to prevent fraying.

What ecological footprint does it leave on the planet?

Most denim is made from cotton, a fabric that consumes large amounts of water. A single pair of jeans consumes around 20,000 liters of water , and an alarming amount of pesticides that release nitrous oxide. This brings with it an impact on the carbon footprint between 4 and 5 times more than when producing a T-shirt , since the denim has a greater weight. In addition, the dyeing process brings with it a contamination of the water coming from the factories.

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