15 November 18: How denim got its name

How many facts do you look up each day?

I’m not sure if counting will make me feel good or bad so I probably won’t audit it but I’m pretty certain we’re talking double figures (possibly even treble?…) Of course it didn’t always used to be that way. Pre-Internet and at times when I didn’t have access to books for fact verification, I’d find my mind building its own connections and stories to put a conceptual handle on things. I rather liked it. I remember thinking it when I went through Calicut in India by train when I was 18 and thinking, ‘I wonder if the fabric calico comes from that?’ [turns out it does, though I only just Googled it 30 years on. I’ve been a bit busy]. A sign that I’m a true dyed-in-the-wool colour nerd is that I’m obsessed with colour names and their origins, like magenta (that I previously blogged about) or denim blue, named after Nîmes in France (‘de Nîmes’). Each time I discover a new one I’m overcome with a geeky fizz of joy. Watch this space: I’ve come across some really cool ones that I’ll be sharing soon.

Martha, The Colour File x

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