The Historical Tales of Nîmes

I recently visited Nîmes, is a small city in the South of France, which is renowned for being both ‘the French Rome’ and the birthplace of denim. Today, the traces of Romans and the glorious past of its textile industry is still apparent, making it one of the prime tourist destinations in the region.
Maison Carrée

Apart from Arènes de Nîmes which is one of the most well-preserved Roman monuments in the world, I really liked Maison Carrée, another spotlight of the city. This Roman temple was built in the first century AD to celebrate the adopted grandchildren of the Emperor Augustus. The rectangular Maison Carrée has been stuck with the same name, meaning “Square house” since 16th century, as previously any rectangle with 4 right-angles was called “carré”, or “square”.

Musée du Vieux Nîmes

I learned about the very interesting history of denim at Musée du Vieux Nîmes, where I found an exhibition dedicated to the history of denim. The term “denim” comes from the French phrase, “serge de Nimes”, meaning a resistant and practical fabric called serge from Nimes, worn by many Nîmoises from the past.

Musée du Vieux Nîmes

I learned about the very interesting history of denim at Musée du Vieux Nîmes, where I found an exhibition dedicated to the history of denim. The term “denim” comes from the French phrase, “serge de Nimes”, meaning a resistant and practical fabric called serge from Nimes, worn by many Nîmoises from the past.

Atelier de Nîmes

In Nîmes, I also found some independent boutiques making their own denim, such as Atelier de Nîmes. Inspired by the city’s heritage in denim, Atelier de Nimes handcrafts high-end artisanal jeans that preserves the tradition while giving them a modern touch. The fabric designs and cuts are carried out in Nîmes. The textile is bought in Italy and the production of the jeans is carried out in Paris or Marseille. I found out from the founder, Guillame Sagot that there is an ongoing crowdfunding project to raise money to allow Atelier de Nîmes to acquire a mechanical loom in Nîmes. The jeans now come in two styles for men, and one for women.