‘Denim’ evolved from ‘de Nimes’ or ‘from Nimes’?
The word “denim” derives its name from the French phrase "serge de Nimes" or a sturdy fabric (serge) from(de) Nimes (a small town in the Occitanie province of southern France).
Once the hub to a booming textile industry, Nimes was the birthplace of the “denim” fabric. However, since 1950s, the fabric is no longer produced here or anywhere else in France. Rather, the denim industry shifted to the Venice region in Italy during this time, where the denim fabric is made using an old shuttle-loom.