While Japanese Chambray is synonymous with workwear and military clothing, the chambray fabric itself originated in the French village of Cambrai. In the early twentieth century, the iconic chambray shirt became a workwear staple in the USA, giving rise to the phrase “blue collar”.
In post-war Japan, chambray, along with denim, became popular due to wear from occupation US soldiers. Subsequently, areas of Japan such as Kojima and Okinawa, who were famed for their textile weaving skills, started making their own fabrics and Japanese Chambray quickly became known for its exceptional quality.
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