This guide to Chino, CA has absolutely nothing to do with our chinos, apart from the coincidental name resemblance.
Regardless, it was this coincidence that encouraged us to take a look at our trousers’ namesake city and inspired us to explore the area. Here’s what’s on our list of what to do and see on a day trip to Chino.
Although often used as the name for the style of trousers themselves, chino is, in fact, the name of a 100% cotton twill cloth.
The trousers’ origins can be traced back to a British military officer by the name of Sir Harry Lumsden, who encountered an issue with troops in his Corps of Guides who were dressed in sparkling white cotton uniforms while stationed in the dusty desert on The North West Frontier of India and Afghanistan, leaving them vulnerable to sniper attacks. He dyed the uniforms with either tea or river mud (the historical jury is still out on this one) and came up with a resulting cloth of a drab yellowish shade, named khaki from the Hindi word for dust. The resulting camouflage kept his troops out of danger.
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