Gingham patterns are one of the most commonly used patterns in the fashion industry at present. The checkered design has become hugely popular over the years and is now used in a variety of different applications.
Sean Connery in gingham patterned shirt, in the movie 'Thunderball'
The word gingham is basically a derivation from the word 'genggang', which is present in the Malay language. 'Genggang' basically translates to being striped.
The Gingham fabric was first introduced to Europe when it was imported back in the 17th century, however the tailors who used to make fabrics in Manchester, England had already been experimenting with a number of check versions. With the passage of time, the Gingham fabric pattern evolved, but was mainly associated with the check pattern.
By the 1950s, the women were mostly wearing dresses made out of gingham, but men still hadn't adapted to the style of gingham shirts. However, the trend started to change in the 1960's, as famous actors such as Sean Connery began to sport gingham shirts, making a notable appearance in his famous James Bond movie, From Russia With Love.
Different gingham patterns of various colors and sizes
In India, the 'gamucha' is a very common towel made out of gingham and used to dry the body. In Japan, gingham has always held spiritual symbolism. Whenever a child would die within the country, the fabric would be used to wrap around statues. Even today, 100% cotton gingham is produced in Japan, and exported to a number of different countries.
The French however hold the belief that gingham was first created in the 'Vichy' region, which is the reason they still refer to gingham as 'vichy'. Throughout the world, gingham fabric has also been used quite frequently for school uniforms. The 18th century was a very important period for the gingham fabric, as industrial manufacture of the fabric had begun, along with the fact that companies had started using synthetic dyes in order to make different changes. By the 1860's, India was producing around seventy percent of the Gingham fabric that was used throughout the UK in traditional mills.
By the 1930s and the 1940s, the gingham fabric had become pretty common in the United States, and was already showing up in Hollywood movies. It also made an appearance in the Wizard of Oz, back in 1939. Soon after, the gingham fabric became a popular symbol for the youth, and was largely sported by women and men in their teenage and their 20s. The fashion industry soon picked up on the trend, and today, the gingham fabric is used widely, from clothing to interior design.
Classic and timeless, and filled with history, the gingham pattern is a winner.
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