Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Jeans Doctor



One of the disadvantages of buying ready made clothes or trousers is that sometimes they don't really fit your body size. But that's usually not a problem as many shops now offer to fix them to fit your body size. In Bandung, this service is not only offered by big department stores, but also by street jeans doctors like this one. You can find them in places where there are clothing shops like on Cihampelas Street (Bandung's Jeans and Fashion street), Pasar Baru, etc.

A Bit of History of Jeans and Blue Jeans

Made from tough fabric called denim, Jeans trousers, as many of you may already know, was originally designed for work. It was initially worn by man and woman workers of the Second World War before it became popular as a casual dress among teenagers in the 1950's.

Jeans, especially blue jeans, are often associated with cowboys and the American Old West. What many of us may not know, however, is that the name "jeans" is not of American origin. The term blue jeans - the original fabric and color of today's jeans - was derived from blu di Genoa or Bleu Genes (the blue of Genoa) because it is believed that it was the Genoese sailors who were the first to wear this kind of clothing in the 1860s. The denim fabric itself, according to Wikipedia, was first manufactured in the town of Chieri in Turin, Italy, during the Renaissance and became popular in the 1500s.

4 comments:

ramblingwoods.com said...

I didn't know the origin of jeans. I haven't ever considered having a pair of jeans altered..but really handy to have all those places to go and have them done. I think that it's a dying art doing alterations... Thank you again for the nice comments..brought a smile to my face and I felt the same about your character...

uncleawang said...

I wear jean too & I prefer LEE because its always fit my style.

Catherine said...

I love to see how old sewing machine continues to work since so many years. This mechanic machine is very old !

Jessica said...

This is so cool, I love the idea of the Jeans doctor and you really captured a great moment of him at work. Here in Italy there are lots of ways you can get your jeans repaired as well. I take mine either to the dry cleaners or there is a lady in our neighborhood who makes extra money by hemming trousers.