14 Interesting Facts That You Need To Know About Khaki
14 Interesting Facts That You Need To Know About Khaki

14 Interesting Facts About Your Favorite Khaki

14 Interesting Facts About Your Favorite Khaki

Did you know that Khakis were a favorite of the late famous individuals that are Audrey Hepburn and John F. Kennedy? Or how about the fact that there’s an existing debate regarding the difference of khakis and chinos? Either you knew a thing or two; it is still not enough – especially if you’re a newbie in the sewing realm.

To begin with, khakis were not even a component of clothing before. Instead, it was a color and then a dye that helps military troops blend into desert-like landscapes. Not until today that this fabric has gotten its way to mainstream popularity.

Five khaki pants with various colors.

(Picture from www.pinterest.com)

Below are some interesting facts about khakis that you need to know:

1. The word Khaki comes from a Hindi word that means “dusty” or “dust.”

2. Historically speaking, khaki was more or less light tan or beige color. It didn’t necessarily become an article of clothing.

3. In the past, rumor had it that this fabric became popular in the 1840s due to British Indian soldiers dying their cotton pants using tea, curry powder and mud. The goal was to blend in with almost all landscapes.

4. The very first khaki-colored pants were worn in The Corps of Guides, a battalion of the British Indian Army in 1846.

5. It was only in 1884 that khaki-colored dyed was patented.

6. The first US khaki uniform ever authorized for Naval use was during 1917.

7. The popularity of this fabric as well as the pants sky-rocketed in the United States shortly after World War II

8. The famous American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac wore khakis – yup, you heard that right.

A black and white photo of Jack Kerouac.

(Picture fromJack Kerouac Facebook)

9. There’s a huge difference between Khakis and Chinos, but it seems almost everyone’s divided on what the difference is exactly.

10. Are you a fan of the hit TV series Breaking Bad? Whether you are or not, Walter White wears 34W/32L Dockers® in the first episode of the just-completed hit TV series Breaking Bad. Yes, those are the pants he takes off in the middle of a New Mexico desert.

11. As mentioned above, President John F. Kennedy is fond of wearing khaki pants.

12. During the Spanish American War, which was in 1898, the U.S. military started wearing khaki.

13. Audrey Hepburn was a big fan of this fabric.

14. The Dockers® brand got its name in from the “Docker Pant,” which was created in 1985 in an LS&Co. factory in Japan, as homage to the English dock workers.


Alvin is a fashion and lifestyle writer who has recently earned interest in sewing his own clothes. Writing for Sewing Ideas gives him another avenue to express his experiences and learning in his sewing journey.

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