BLUE JEANS: JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY

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May 20th holds an important place in the history of “Jeans” as birthday of “Blue Jeans”. On this date in 1873, Blue Jean made its debut, as one of the American companies received a US patent for this.

This year, Sunday May 20th marks 145th Birthday of Blue Jeans.

Jeans is iconic garment made by “Denim” fabric, which is sturdy cotton warp-faced fabric having white filling in reverse direction. Jeans is generally characterized by strength, tear resistance and visually appealing blue shade, which fades each time the garment, undergoes laundering.

Changing fashion styles and attitudes altered the look of the blue jean over time, but until recently, the blue jean had remained true blue to its cotton origins. The recent influx of man-made fibers into blue jeans is not a good fit for many consumers and could affect the care, wear and expected five-year longevity of their beloved blue jeans.

The history of denim as being all cotton, comfortable and crazy durable earned it a spot quickly with folks who work hard physically like farmers and workers in the industrial spaces like miners, mechanics, shop floor workers.

The denim fabric from which jeans are made is very strong, rugged and has good tear resistance, thus protecting the wearer in these work profiles and lasting longer as required by the professional requirements and economic conditions.

Denim and the beloved blue jeans have continued to catch on and now we can find really expensive fashion jeans or cheaper work cuts.

While the addition of a small amount of spandex or something to cotton to help jeans keep their shape, king cotton hits the nail on the head when it comes to denim that includes higher percentages of man-made fibers.

Consumers love denim. Lifestyle Monitor data indicates that U.S. consumers own an average of 7 pairs of denim and wear jeans an average of four days a week. We also feel that almost 60% of consumers would pay a little extra to get more cotton back into those jeans, which justifies the higher cost of cotton over synthetics.

And when traveling across the globe, you find denim as the largest adorned garment across all age groups and sex.  Initially, Jeans were meant for men only and jeans for women made debut in 1934.

Initially all the jeans had buttons in their fly instead of zippers like nowadays. But in 1954 zippers were introduced in Jeans and they still are used to this day.

In late 1970s, another synthetic fiber got introduced as ingredient in jeans and this led to new category of stretch jeans, thus slimming down the shape and fit of these jeans which were initially made in a baggy style to suit the needs of primary consumers. This gave rise to designer jeans in the fashion and life space.

These days, variation of jeans falling in super stretch category is also available in fashion space and loosely termed as jeggings, but still the demand of old Blue Jeans is ever increasing proving the impact it has on our lives and our grown attachment to it.

Jeans is such a garment that is found in almost every individual’s wardrobe regardless of the geographic, ethnic or religious stance.

Let’s celebrate the birthday of the remarkable piece of history, fashion and lifestyle on this Sunday, May 20th.

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ROLE OF SPANDEX IN – TRIATHLON SUITS

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Another performance wear in which spandex plays a major role is a “Triathlon suit” or “Tri-suit”. For people like you and me this is a new word out of the blue but Triathlon suit is actually a widely used performance wear and requires a lot of technicalities to manufacture.

It is a clothing item specially worn in “Triathlon” which is a sporting event which was originated in 1920’s. It’s an Olympic level sport; comprising of multiple-stage competition of three continuous and sequential endurance sports. There are many variations of the sport but most popular one is which involves swimming, cycling and running in immediate sequence over a distance.

The basic element (fibre) required to manufacture a triathlon suit is spandex fibre, as all the properties which are required in a triathlon suit are easily achievable by using spandex fibre in the making. The properties are as below:

  • 1. Quick drying
  • 2. Durable
  • 3. Stretchable
  • 4. Close Fitting
  • 5. Chlorine resistant
  • 6. Shape retention

Thus Spandex fibre which when paired up with other fibres becomes best choice for manufacturing a triathlon suit. The other fibres which are paired up with the spandex to manufacture a tri-suit are mainly Nylon and Polyester. The nylon and polyester fibre are combined with spandex fibre via knitting process, hence producing a knitted fabric used for manufacturing the tri-suit. The high-end tri-suits manufacturers primarily prefer to use nylon fibre over polyester fibre with spandex to get over-all high end product and desirable properties.

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DIFFERENT SEGMENTS WHERE SPANDEX HAS VENTURED INTO

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Spandex since its invention in 1956 has changed the direction of the textile industry. Developed as an alternative to rubber, spandex has completely taken over the stretch market in clothing and various other segments of the textile industry. Spandex not only gives ultimate stretch but also soft feel and desirable comfort along with required strength when paired with right fibre for multiple uses. Along with textile industry spandex has also found its various uses in hospitality and industrial industries.

From a t-shirt to automobiles spandex is used everywhere, where even a slight bit of stretch is required. Spandex was first used in making ladies foundation garments like pantyhose, stockings etc. Then it forayed into sportswear (cycling shorts etc.), dancing wear, tights, and swimwear. Then the time came of stretch denims. Nowadays with technical advances the range of use of spandex has increased more than ever.

There are mainly two types of application where Spandex is used:

  1. 1. Regular applications
  2. 2. Advanced applications

Regular applications:

They mainly include products from textile industry and specifically from apparel sector i.e. clothing. These applications include:

  • 1. Active / outdoor wear
  • 2. Denim
  • 3. Hosiery and leggings
  • 4. Intimate apparels
  • 5. Ready to wear
  • 6. Swimwear

Advanced applications:

They include all the segments where spandex has recently ventured into and has gained a significant ground.

1. Medical support products:

  • Knee or back braces
  • Surgical elastic bandage
  • Body Implant materials
  • Leather tube

2. Hygiene: making diapers  for children as well as adults

  • Motion capture suits

3. Compression garments: 

  • Surgical hose
  • Support hose etc.

4. Sports:

  • Volleyballs and Soccer balls
  • Netball bodysuits

5. Automobiles:

  • Manufacture of door panel fabrics that stretch and adhere to the door
  • Car seat fabric

6. Footwear: to ensure that the footwear gives the wearer required fit and doesn’t slag off after a while.

7. Household products:

  • Fitted sheets and
  • Micro-bead pillows etc.

8. Spandex table coverings – elastic nature of fiber ensures that the cloth is durable enough to withstand the wear that accompanies frequent use.

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Suit-Up with the new age Stretch Fabric Men’s Suits

Bending down or stretching out your arms don’t seem like much of a task, but ask about it to the men who wear suits and they will tell you that the struggle is real! Moving around freely while being clad in a suit is no joke and fortunately, men’s clothing brands around the world have come up with a viable solution to help men break free from restrictive clothing.

The answer to your suiting-woes lies in the magical elemenmj-618-348-stretch-suits_orig.jpgt called spandex that brands ranging from Hugo Boss to Calvin Klein are employing to produce stretch fabric. This fabric, when used in the manufacturing of men’s suits, makes them wrinkle resistant, easy to wear, and most importantly, enhances the quality to move freely with your body.

As more and more men today are falling for the fitness craze and indulging in a more active lifestyle in general, stretch suits fit the bill precisely as they provide the gift of mobility and naturally, comfort. So be it leaving a mark in an important meeting or flexing out in a quick game of TT during the break, stretch fabric suits make sure that your clothing doesn’t come in the way of doing what your heart desires.

So, gentlemen, it’s time to give your traditional suits a miss and move around freely in the modern-day stretch suits!

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