Denim/ Jeans is believed to have origniated in the US and that it was designed for miners. Hollywood introducted the fabric to masses through movies such as ‘Rebel without a cause’ featuring James Dean.
In 2010, a series of paintings were discovered in France that suggest that Jeans was worn by Italians even before it was introducted to Americans.
While the word ‘Jeans’ was patented by Levis Strauss(of the famous Denim brand) and Jacob W Davis in 19th century, one can spot the fabric in the paintings diaplyed at Galerie Canesso in Paris. These paintings are from the mid 17th century and capture stills of a poor family.
The painter is being called by a pseudoname – ‘Master of the Blue Jeans’. The fact that paintings were normally commissioned by the wealthy in the olden times, these paintings are an exception to what is available from those times.