Fun facts about jeans
Updated: Jan 28, 2019
Denim, a very popular fabric for clothing. Time for a little education: here are some facts & figures about jeans you might find interesting.
Jeans are dyed with indigo, making them blue. This color was chosen because it was thought to be the best for hiding dirt which got onto the pants.
One bale of cotton can produce up to 225 pairs of jeans.
Levis Strauss is seen as the inventor of the 'blue jeans'. He patented the style in 1873, including the technique of using rivets to strengthen pocket edges.
In the 1920s jeans were popular amongst miners and workers. Jeans pants were more durable and withstood the rough working conditions better than traditional pants.
Teenagers embraced blue jeans in the 1950s. Many schools banned jeans after because it was a symbol of a rebellion. Pop culture icons such as James Dean contributed to this 'bad boy' image. People wearing jeans were also commonly refused entry in establishments such as hotels.
Jeans only became common for women during the 1960s.
Blue jeans are illegal in North Korea because it is seen as a symbol of American imperialism.
Did you know the tiny pocket - often found in your right front pocket - is originally designed for a pocket watch?
The oldest known pair of jeans was found in a California mine in 1998. Apparently, the pair of Levi's jeans was 115 years old at the time.
Yearly, about 450 million jeans articles are sold worldwide.
On average, women today have about 7 pairs of jeans in their closet.
Nowadays, jeans are available in various colors and styles. Did you know some jeans are beaten with rocks to give them a rugged look?