Monday, 10 October 2016


Denim is a sturdy cotton warp-faced textile in which the weft passes under two or more warp threads. This twill weaving produces a diagonal ribbing that distinguishes it from cotton duck. The most common denim is indigo denim, in which the warp thread is dyed, while the weft thread is left white. As a result of the warp-faced twill weaving, one side of the textile is dominated by the blue warp threads and the other side is dominated by the white weft threads. This causes blue jeans to be white on the inside. The indigo dyeing process, in which the core of the warp threads remains white, creates denim's signature fading characteristics.

The name "denim" derives from French serge de Nîmes, meaning "serge from Nîmes". Denim was traditionally colored blue with indigo dye to make blue jeans, although "jean" formerly denoted a different, lighter, cotton fabric. The contemporary use of the word "jeans" comes from the French word Gênes, for Genoa, Italy, where the first denim trousers were made.

This post is part of the Blue Monday meme,
and also part of the Macro Monday meme,
and also part of the Through my Lens meme,
and also part of the Seasons meme.


  1. Very informative post. I never knew this and guess I never really thought of it.

  2. Don't we all wear denim most of the time? Thank you for the information about this most common fabric.

  3. My closet has quite of few denims in there.

  4. A nice learning experience too. Thank you for sharing today.

  5. Interesting! Since Levi's are here the popular jeans, am surprised that they're French in origin! Now I'm retired and have no dress code to attend to, I can wear it more:) Many thanks for sharing it with SEASONS! Have a great denim week!

  6. Good morning Nick, I never seem to get all my visiting done on Monday. Thank you for commenting and joining my blog party faithfully.

    Your denim post made me smile. I have been a person who made my clothes and my children's clothes for years and I never thought about how denim is made. I dd not sew denim because it is so heavy but reading about it was very interesting. It sparked this memory...When our son was in aviation school he made friends with his instructor and for extra credit he brought home denim fabric and front and back seats to a small airplane. Against my every nerve I agreed to try to cover the seats. It was the hardest thing I have ever done on a sewing machine. No pattern, just measuring. Yikes. I did it to my amazement and he got his extra credit. I complained the whole time and was so mad my son hid out in his room. HA! Our son is now 55 and still in aviation as Director of Maintenance for a helicopter company in Oregon. Sorry about going on and on in this comment.

    Happy Blue Monday.

  7. I learned a lot today, thank you very much. The only thing I know about jeans is how the pants got popular during the California gold rush.