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A tough cotton textile, typically dyed indigo blue. First made in France, where it was called "serge de Nîmes," which is where we get the name "denim," the fabric has been iconically used in the United States since the eighteenth century. First associated with the working class,especially miners during the various nineteenth-century goldrushes, denim has also attained cult status as a fashion statement in and of itself.

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"Typical doubleseam sewn into a pair of Levi jeans, one of the most iconic treatments of denim, October 2, 2005" by Dreamyshade is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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