Definition of Denim

Fibre: Cotton

Weave: Twill - right hand - may be L2/1 or L3/1.

Characteristics: Originally had dark blue, brown or dark grey warp with a white or grey filling giving a mottled look and used only for work clothes. now woven in bright and pastel colours with stripes as well as plain. Long wearing, it resists snags and tears. Comes in heavy and lighter weights.

Uses: Work clothes, overalls, caps, uniforms, bedspreads, slipcovers, draperies, upholstery, sportswear, of all kinds, dresses and has even been used for evening wear.

Derivation of Denim: From serge de Nim ‘serge of Nīmes’, a city in S. France

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