Did you know these facts about the much-loved check pattern?
Checks, no, not the one that gives you money (bad joke, we know!) but we’re talking about the design used in prints. The one you would often see in wool, tweed, and sometimes in silks too! And we love the fact that they are so vintage and modern at the same time. How cool is that!
Check patterns, often termed as tartan were a staple in Scottish outfits and comprises beautiful colours in boxes or grids, that often end up looking like a checkerboard. The size of each check box renders its look and style. Interestingly, check patterns or designs have their own names. Plaid, Gingham, Houndstooth, Buffalo or our very own Madras checks, that originated in India. Check patterns is said to have originated some time in the 1800’s and still continue to be a fashion favourite. Several iconic fashions brands and stars have shown their admiration for this wonderfully versatile design. Since the nineteenth century, checks have found their way into shirts, skirts, dresses, jackets, hats and many more items in apparels. It wasn’t neglected in the accessory segment either; bags, shoes, scarves, and even watch belts have embraced checks to make a statement. You can also find upholsteries woven out of check fabrics often.
While many argue that Gingham and Plaid are the most used and common ones, other kinds of check patterns are no less in carving out their popularity quotient. Houndstooth, mostly found in black and white, as shown below, is often the preferred one for blazers, formal wear etc.
Buffalo checks, on the other hand, is commonly spotted in red and black and can be seen in shirts, casual wear, skirts, blankets etc. The name, no prizes for a guessing right, is coined after the farm animal by an American designer way back in the 1850s.
There are way too many several other patterns to list here. Check prints have a very special place in our hearts. In India, they are famously used in soft cotton towels, also known as gamchas or gamosa in certain parts of the country and are a quintessential part of every household. A shower is never complete without a nice (read vigorous) ‘gamcha rub’ in summers. More than a product, it has an emotional connect. And an Indian towel is not so much an Indian towel without the check prints it comes in.
Do you love checks? Does it bring back to you any memories of a happy childhood wrapped in warm woollen blankets, ironed school shirts or the first interview in a check blazer? Share with us in the comments below.