Vintage corduroy trousers - a piece of clothing between landed gentry and workers
Our customers love them. The vintage corduroy trousers stand for unmistakable workwear style and, as an all-rounder, can be combined with many other bestsellers at Zeitgeist Vintage. In this post you will learn more about the history of corduroy trousers and cord fabric between the English landed gentry and urban industrial workers, how the fabric is made from chopsticks - not the one for eating - and many possible combinations how you can combine your new old corduroy trousers. If you opt for corduroy trousers from us, you will get the finest vintage and second-hand items with double quality control at the entrance and exit in our warehouse. We offer you the Zeitgeist size service with which you can order vintage clothing over all decades in one size. If the corduroy trousers or another item of clothing do not fit you, you can return them to us free of charge.
History of corduroy trousers and their fabric
Anyone who has watched the series Downton Abbey will know: Even an English nobleman cannot wear tailcoats all day. For outdoor activities like hunting, a solution had to be found because the fine fashion of the “upper class” could hardly be projected onto such activities. Now one might ask: Why do aristocrats still wear corduroy trousers that are spun from cotton like work clothes? Of course, the lords wanted to set themselves apart from normal workers and bourgeoisie in fashion. For this it is important to know that cotton is considered exotic when corduroy trousers emerged in the 18th century. Because cotton has a long way to go to Europe and has to be laboriously spun and "corded" by hand. The work trousers jeans made of denim fabric only come a good 100 years later.
Is it now the case that corduroy trousers come from the nobility? Fortunately, this is not the case, as always, the innovation comes from the workers themselves, they have been wearing corduroy trousers to work in industry a few years earlier . The historical roots in several social classes did not lead to an overarching acceptance of corduroy and corduroy trousers. So trousers only gained international importance in the 1970s.
Cord, a material pants are made of - and dreams
Cord is considered to be an extremely tear-resistant material. Due to the properties of the fabric, cord is not suitable for the requirements of, for example, underwear. That is why today, in addition to corduroy trousers, we also mainly wear coarse jackets and corduroy shirts. The name and style of corduroy trousers is given by the cord , which is also known as rods . In general, the number of sticks determines how thick the lines or cords run in the fabric. The number of sticks per inch varies between 1.5 and 21, the common standard that we consider normal today is a number of sticks per inch of 10 and 12. Wider cords tend to be used in trousers but also other uses such as sofa covers, while medium, narrow and fine boning are usually used for garments that are worn above the waist.
Cord is made by weaving extra fibers into the base fabric to create vertical ribs called rods. The sticks are constructed in such a way that clear lines can be seen when cutting the pile.
Cord is also written as cord, but it does not stop at these two spellings. Cord is also used as corduroy, needle cord and elephant cord, especially for trousers (thick so with a small number of boning). I find the local assignment of the fabric to Manchester particularly interesting, so cord is also known as Manchester cloth or just Manchester.