So I’m a little child watching repeats of Captain Kangaroo on tv. And one of the characters on Captain Kangaroo is Mr. Green Jeans. Then it hits me, Why can’t jeans be some other color than blue? Now it is some years later and I still don’t know: Why can’t they be some other color than blue? I have never encountered jeans that weren’t blue. And they would go with more clothing if they were other colors.
Besides a number of pairs of blue jeans, I also have jeans in tan, black, green and gray. Back in the early 70’s, I had a pair of red Levi’s jeans, when worn with a white button down shirt, navy sleeveless sweater and my white and blue platform saddle shoes, I was quite the fashion plate.
Well, let me rephrase it again. At some point, they were primarily blue. Even now they are primarily blue, hence the name blue jeans. Why is this? (Work with me people, I’m doing the best I can to keep this thread afloat .)
Tradition. Previous to the 19th century, dyes all came from natural sources, and the color choices suitable for a particular use were limited. The availability of synthetic dyes in all sorts of colors was one of the notable achievements of the early chemical industry.
OKay, now that your question has been answered…how old are you, and where are you from? I just can’t wrap my head around you never having seen a pair of black jeans (not that they don’t come in other colors too, but black is very popular, and has been for ages).