Our #FabricOfTheWeek the gorgeous Light Blue Denim! It’s a truly beautiful fabric with amazing manufacturing background (all hand spun AND hand woven in a Fair Trade certified unit!). I hope the video helps you to see how it moves and drapes. Don’t forget you can watch it in high resolution and full screen: click the “cog” in the corner of the video and click “720”. In high definition you can really see the twill weave and just how many blues make up this beautiful blue denim fabric!
I’m slowly starting to make little videos of all our fabrics, so if you think they’re no good or I can make them better in any way then PLEASE do let me know! And of course, please do drop me a line if you need any further help: [email protected]
Eco Credentials: Azo-Free, Co-Op, Fair Trade Certified, Low Energy, Low Impact Dyes, Low Water, No Genetically Modified Crops, Organic (Uncertified), Sustainable, VOC-Free
Ideal for: Aprons, BackPacks, Bags, Belts, Blinds, Curtains & Pelmets, Flags, Hand Sewing, Hankerchiefs, Scarves & Neckwear, Machine Sewing, Napkins, Placemats, Shirts, Soft Furnishings, Summer Skirts & Dresses, Table Runner, Tea Cosy & Door Stops, Toys, Trousers & Shorts, Upholstery
Some super fun facts about blue denim that I discovered:
- The word denim is supposedly derived from the French name “serge de Nimes,” a fabric which originated in Nimes, France during the Middle Ages.
- The word dungarees is one of only a few mainstream English words to have come from the Indian dialect, Hindi. The source word refers to a type of coarse cloth. As it happens, Hindi inspired some of the names of our own fabrics – Barisa बारिश , for example (pronounced Bāriśa), means rain or rainfall, which is what I think the pattern looks like!
- In English, dungaree is usually used to refer specifically to blue denim fabric, and in plural to refer to clothes, especially trousers, made of such material.
- At least 225 pairs of denim jeans can be made from one bale of cotton.
- Authentic blue denim takes its characteristic color from interweaving indigo (blue) and white threads (which I mention in the video!). The term “bull denim” refers to colored/dyed denim.
- The orange thread traditionally used to sew Levi Strauss blue jeans was intentionally selected to match the copper rivets that doubled the durability of their jeans.