I don’t like shopping for clothing very much, and it shows: my wardrobe overwhelmingly consists of solid‐color shirts, jeans and the same kind of sneakers in a few different colors. Sticking to basics keeps things simple. Hmm, does this plain t‐shirt come in black? I’ll take it!
So yesterday, while at a local outlet mall, I did something I didn’t really enjoy: I bought a new pair of jeans. I had to dig through a few clearance racks before coming across a pair I didn’t dislike that much, one that actually fit me without suffering from the intentional distressing that the cool kids seem to favor these days. I would have initially liked my chosen pair even more if they didn’t suffer from this funky (that means “bad”) color pattern sewn into the back pockets. The pants are made by Mecca, and according to an attached tag, feature a “rocker fit.” (Oblig: \m/) I suppose this is to differentiate from most of their clothes, which feature a hip‐hop fit.
I decided to try them on for size (a phrase nobody uses literally these days!) regardless, and perhaps having caught a look at them in the fitting room mirror, found myself… actually liking them, even sort of appreciating the funky (that means “good”) color pattern!
So I bought them. Arriving home, I put them on and noticed the familiar rustle of paper in the pockets… except I couldn’t imagine why that would happen, unless the receipt had somehow slipped in. I reached into the rear pocket to remove the paper and found that it didn’t easily slide out on its own. I pulled harder, heard a soft ‘tear’ sound and found myself holding something that looked like newsprint.
I kept pulling and, as you can see, produced a good amount of paper scraps from the pockets. Perhaps not surprising is that many of them include clothing‐related information, but what of the “forklift pockets,” which seem to differ from pants pockets? Or the seemingly random phone number scrap?
I could still feel a little bit of paper in the pockets; I changed into another pair of pants so I could have a closer look at these. I turned the pockets inside‐out, and this is what I found:
To state the obvious, it looks like the process used to create those colorful patterns on the pockets involves sewing newsprint onto the reverse side of the pants. Not being a big textile enthusiast, I can’t imagine what purpose that the paper serves, but I’m guessing it should have been removed before leaving the factory in Pakistan.
With English being the official language of Pakistan, and widely used in commerce, I suppose it’s not much of a surprise to find paper from there with English writing on it.
I just wasn’t expecting to find anything of the sort, you know, in my pants.