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Why do jeans shrink?

Why do jeans shrink?

Jeans are typically trousers or clothing that is made from denim. Coming from the French phrase bleu de Gênes, which means blue of Genoa, the word jeans emerged. The jean fabric originally came from the French town of Nîmes, from which ‘denim’ or de Nîmes gets its name and From Dongari Killa in India, from which the word ‘dungarees’ came. It was in 1873 that the earliest American jeans were made by the names of Jacob Davis, Calvin Rogers and Levi Strauss. Although the use of jeans was purposely for working people, the teenagers have learned to use it as well. Today, jeans come in various fits, styles and cuts. There are skinny, tapered, straight, boot cut, Mommy-cut, maternity, and flare, which has now become a popular form of exuding the state of being casual in the world of fashion and clothing.

As the garment evolved through the changing times, the wearing of jeans is one fact that will never be outdated. As a matter of fact, people from all walks of life and in various age groups opt to wear jeans because of the comfort it brings. But there remains to be one problem that concerns the use of jeans. Many have already attested that their jeans have shrunk. It was discovered that molecular structures are the one responsible for this. The shrinkage of jeans is considered a bonding process. The cotton fibers of your jeans are made of lots of small molecules, linked together to form huge chains of molecules called polymers. Weak links called hydrogen bonds connect the polymer chains end-to-end. When the bonds break, the polymers crinkle up and therefore results into shrinkage.

However, today, many manufacturers have added chemicals called shrink-resistant or durable press finishes to prevent jean shrinkage from happening.

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