DENIM TAKES TO THE SEAS
1600S – 1700S
Jean fabric didn’t stay in Italy’s !elds and farms for long – over the next century, denim began to make appearances overseas. Beginning with mariners from Genoa, who would cast large swaths of the cloth over their valuable wares on ships, denim began to develop a demand abroad. Italian traders began to sell jean garments in large quantities in England. In the late 1700s, denim makes its appearance in America, where textile mills begin to experiment designs that utilized the sturdy fabric.