Why is a little pocket sewn in jeans?
It is impossible to say exactly how long jeans have become in fashion. In different countries, the nth part of the population moved to them for various reasons. The main one of them – jeans are practical, suitable for any outerwear. With their pockets they are very comfortable. Especially convenient – the fifth pocket. kampolz, Shutterstock.com Anything can be put into it. For example, small coins, apartment keys, a USB flash drive or MP3 player, a lighter, a luck talisman …
And here comes a curious question. As you know, Levi Straus invented the first jeans in 1853. They were sewn from a rough tarpaulin and were called “jumpsuit without top”. A new type of clothing was appreciated by cowboys and gold miners. Tarpaulin cloth could withstand very large loads, it was not necessary to wash it often, wiped places were easily sewn with a harsh thread. But canvas jeans were worn for a very long time.
Then, of course, there could be no flash drives or players. So why on the “jumpsuit without top” on the rivets did a small pocket? There are a lot of versions. Here are just a few.
In this pocket cowboys wore a cigarette lighter. In size, it accurately entered into it and tightly kept inside even with fast riding. In addition, in such a pocket it was safe to hold the caps. Well, and probably something else. Assume small coins. The workers who worked in the gold fields appreciated jeans with a small pocket in the sense that it was convenient to hide the “pebble” of native gold, which was found during the washing of the concentrate, in it. Large nuggets in those days, too, were very rare.
But the size of a drop – quite often. In a large pocket they kept a certain volumetric object; he well hid the contents of the small pocket from prying eyes. Of course, the inspection of workers for the concealment of gold was carried out, but the tiny nugget by weight in the pocket in his pocket felt badly. And that he was there, of course, was known only to the mine worker, who concealed the gold found. For wealthier Americans, a small pocket on jeans served as a pocket watch with a silver chain. In addition to them, in a pocket could be a wedding gold ring, which was filmed on the road, so as not to attract burglars. However, these options do not fully clarify the situation.
The fact is that the fifth pocket on many jeans used to be sewn (and still sewn) on the right thigh. And he is somewhat larger than his brother. It is assumed that before this pocket was used to carry a knife. A small hole, trimmed with sturdy threads, allowed the blade to stick out a little from the bottom of the pocket, but the knife handle very tightly entered the pocket, trimmed with leather inside. The same pocket was used for firearms. A knife or a revolver was easy to unnoticeably pull out and use in case of conflict.
In other words, everything is not so simple with a fifth pocket, as it seems. Classic jeans with five pockets first appeared in 1905. That is, much later than their invention as a “jumpsuit without top”. It remains a mystery why the fifth pocket was sewed on its side, although cowboys preferred to wear a knife and a revolver on a wide waist belt in a case and holster? They say that it was convenient to hold tools temporarily (during work) in the pocket on the hip. For example, pliers, nippers, screwdrivers. On the modern “denim” working overalls there is such a side pocket. Sometimes a strong loop is sewn onto it, where the hammer is inserted with the handle down. In short, the side pocket found good use. Interestingly, but now somehow the fifth pocket on jeans “develops”?
Yes, there is quite a promising direction. In the small pocket is another pocket. It can be attached miniature flat joystick. With it, it is easy to manage wearable electronic devices without taking them out of another pocket. For example, iPod. If any other devices react to a contactless signal, then with the help of such a joystick, you can also organize remote control of them. New, certainly promising. Another direction – the further development of the reliability of the fifth pocket. Due to the fact that it is partially located inside a large pocket, the fabric is not wiped.