Etymology of "dungaree"
The term "dungaree" was associated with a coarse undyed calico fabric that was produced and sold in a region near Dongari Killa (also called Fort George) in Bombay (now Mumbai) in India. The cloth was cheap and often poorly woven. As such, it was used by the poorer classes for clothing and by various navies as a sail cloth. Sailors often re-used old sails to make clothes. In time, the name of the cloth came to also mean an item of clothing made out of it.
In British English such a bib type overalls are usually called a pair of dungarees.
In the U.S., carpenter jeans are often referred to as dungarees.
stephen1965 said:That's really interesting... so Lee and Wrangler were worn by 'cowboy kids'. I'd really be interested, if you had the time, to know roughly what parts of the U.S or which states would be wearing Lee or Wrangler denim.
In the UK, I remember there was an influx of second hand '50's Levis to a few shops in London (probably elsewhere too). There used to be great shop in Covent Garden (in London) called Flip with all these jeans and other 40's -50's wear in a big warehouse space. The jeans I see these days, even the Levis don't compare in quality somehow. It's still possible to buy good quality Levis and Lee jeans here but they're all mad in Japan. And they're relatively expensive. But they're a lot better IMO if you're going for that vintage look.
Oh, and we always called them 'jeans' whatever the brand but then we were always looking for the imported US brands which were mostly Levis anyway. If only I had kept hold of all my old clothes from Flip...(Do any of the Londoners remember this shop)?
I can't quite see what you're sitting on here..... looks like the car? A giant? (I love perspective tricks in photos! ) .The Captain said:Early '50s at the stable.