We all know that plaid is a fall-time staple. Once the cooler weather hits, (and even weeks before!) stores are filled from floor to ceiling with this classic print. From bedding and housewares to clothing and accessories, it comes in every color and fabric you can dream of. Everyone is sure to have at least one plaid item in their wardrobe, but do you know the history behind this flannel favorite?
A Quick History
Originating in Scotland, tartan was the name given to specific check patterns and colors used to differentiate the regional clans throughout the country. Similar to family crests, these tartans were unique to each family and true tartans can be traced back to these groups from centuries ago. As these traditional patterns gained popularity, manufacturers in the West created replicas marketed as "tartan plaids". To many, the terms "Royal Stewart" and "Black Watch" hold no meaning, but these are two of the most well-known and easily recognizable tartans used to this day.
Bonus fact: "Plaid" (or "plaide") was actually the Scottish term for a heavy, cape-like item of clothing worn over the shoulder, not the checked pattern we all know and love!
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