ETYM Of uncertain origin. A coarse durable twill-weave cotton fabric; SYN. dungaree, jean.
Cotton twill fabric with colored warp (lengthwise yarns) and undyed weft, originating in France (hence the name “de Nîmes”). In its most classic form, indigo blue and heavyweight, it is used for jeans and dungarees. It became fashionable in the early 1970s, and many variations followed, including lighter-weight dress fabrics and stone-washed, overdyed, and brushed finishes in many colors.