Renaissance Denim

By The Daily Dish

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People have been sporting denim since the mid-1600s, according to a recently discovered batch of paintings. Kottke explains:

The word "denim" comes from "serge de Nîmes", a fabric made in Nîmes, France, and "blue jeans" comes from "Bleu de Genes", blue pants made in Genoa (aka Genes). Both cities claim to have been manufacturing denim for centuries, but there has never been much proof in the way of artifacts and such.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/daily-dish/archive/2010/10/renaissance-denim/181657/