The Chino was originally a military garment during the colonial period. While English troops occupied almost all of present-day India, Sir Harry Lumsden, a British army officer, decided in 1846 to dye military uniforms, which at that time were white in Khaki (or khaki), a local term meaning "dust"

Uncertainty remains whether this was then a tactical decision to try to camouflage the soldiers or a practical decision to make the uniforms less messy. Anyway, the first Chinos , which did not yet bear this name, were Khaki in color.

The Khaki was made official a few years later in 1884. At that time, it still represented military clothing trousers and was adopted as regulatory dress by all the troops in India, then throughout the British Empire before being taken up as the standard color by many armies around the world.