Originally, jean material was made from wool, then a blend of wool and cotton, and then from pure cotton. Today, the process of Jeans-Manufaktur uses cotton and synthetic indigo dye. Almost 230 pairs of jeans can be made from one bale of cotton, and most of the material is made in India, China, and other parts of Asia.
The reason why jeans were originally dyed is because it would hide dirt much better than the natural color.
Once the material is made and dyed, the patter is cut from cardboard or another stiff material. A high-speed cutting machine is used to cut stacks of jeans cloth of up to 100 layers. A normal pair of 5 pocket jeans includes ten to fifteen different cut pieces, not counting zippers, rivets, and buttons. For example, one pair of jeans can take up to 37 different sewers to complete.
The jeans, all cut, are now ready to be sewn. This is normally done by humans operating sewing machines. Each person does one specific part. Someone sews the pockets, another sews the legs, and that’s how it goes until a pair of jeans is finished.
Some jeans are actually washed using certain methods to produce different textures and looks for the jeans.
Then, the jeans are ironed, or pressed, and packaged up to be sent out. Annually, over 1,200,000,000 pairs of jeans are sold all over the world! The average price of a pair of jeans is $45.32, meaning that annually, the people of the world buy about $56,000,000 dollars worth of jeans.
In 2013, jeans celebrated their 140th birthday. As you can see, jeans never go out of style, and it’s not hard to understand why apart from being durable, they can be combined with most any top or shoe.