This year, all eyes are on Brazil as the country sets the international soccer/football stage for the FIFA World Cup Tournament. However, few people realize that Brazil, the largest country in South America, is also a leading manufacturer of cotton and denim products. Off the soccer-field, Brazil’s number one competitor is China, already established as a producer of cotton and denim products such as blue jeans and jackets.
Brazil – Soccer, Nightlife, Beautiful Woman, and Denim:
The country of Brazil, widely acclaimed for its nightlife and beautiful women, is taking on a broader international role. Not only is Brazil moving up the rungs with its synthetic fabrics, it has firmly established itself as a producer of cotton fibers and clothing.
Within Brazil, Vicunha is recognized as its principal manufacturer of denim, producing millions of meters annually, accounting for the majority of exported European cotton, as well as the production of a significant amount of the denim in Brazil. Next in line is Guararapes, Brazil. Guararapes, located in the south-eastern state of São Paulo, manufactures hundreds of thousands of reasonably priced clothing items each day: polo shirts, denim jeans, Bermuda shorts, and accessories that are sold in brand-named stores throughout Brazil. The country produces approximately one-million tons of cotton fiber each year, although only a small percentage of the cotton is exported.
Denim – Blue Jeans and Brazil:
The majority of denim is made out of 100% cotton and organic fiber. Many connoisseurs favor denim produced in one country over fabric produced elsewhere. The United States, Japan, and Zimbabwe are additional countries that are well respected for the production of cotton/denim. The weight, texture, rigidity, and wear-resistance are some of the major features that define the quality of denim.
Another feature that makes denim unique is the way in which the dyed-indigo threads are woven with the white threads. The distinctive warp/weft pattern creates sturdy fabric, characteristically blue on the outside and white within. The dye determines the shade of blue-jean fabric as the fabric wears and fades.
Brazil’s Denim Industry – Keeping Pace with the World:
While Brazil produced significantly less synthetic fiber than cotton, this trend is rapidly changing to keep pace with the economy and demands. What makes Brazil stand out is the production of denim fabrics and beautiful jeans, jackets, shirts, and accessories. As Brazil draws the attention of global soccer/football fans, so too will eyes be on Brazilian denim and jeans!